TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Spirits Industry warmly
welcomes the announcement of a successful conclusion of a Comprehensive
Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the 28 Member
State European Union.
Building on the progress made in the sectoral 2004 Wine & Spirits
Agreement with the EU, CETA will continue the trend towards more open
markets and increased trade in beverage alcohol between Canada and the
500 millions consumer market represented by the EU.
"The elimination of remaining tariffs, and the reduction in non-tariff
barriers will serve Canadian Spirits manufacturers and Canadian Spirits
consumers well", stated Jan Westcott, President & CEO of Spirits
"Canadian Spirits manufacturers have pursued an aggressive export growth
strategy and we wish to congratulate the Canadian Government for
persevering to reach the agreement and we thank the Prime Minister and
International Trade Minister Fast for their efforts", said Mr.
"We also understand that CETA will ensure greater transparency and much
needed discipline to domestic support programs within the beverage
alcohol sector which will benefit Canadian consumers", added Mr.
Spirits Canada is the only national trade association representing
Canadian spirits manufacturers, marketers, exporters and consumers.
Member companies represent over 90% of annual spirits production in
SOURCE: Spirits Canada
For further information:
Jan H. Westcott
President & CEO
Tel. 416 626 0100
Cel. 416 707 8851