Belfast Telegraph

Irish whiskey signs deal for zero tariffs

The Old Bushmills Distillery in Co Antrim
The Old Bushmills Distillery in Co Antrim

A UK trade deal with South Africa and five other southern African nations will allow whiskey from Bushmills, Co Antrim to keep exporting duty-free to the region following Brexit.

Without the agreement, distillers here including the Old Bushmills Distillery on the north coast would have faced a tariff of around 130p per litre following Brexit, according to industry body Drinks Ireland. But UK trade negotiators have reached a continuity deal with Mozambique and the Southern African Customs Union. South Africa is the fifth-largest export market for Irish whiskey.

Drinks Ireland said: "We have been campaigning to ensure that zero tariffs will continue to apply to Northern Irish exports of Irish whiskey to all global markets post-Brexit." It said it's lobbing for the "most seamless possible Brexit".

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