TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Spirits Canada welcomes progress towards
finalizing an ambitious trade liberalization agreement with the
European Union and applauds the Harper Government's determined efforts
to open new markets for Canadian goods through new free trade
"It is critically important for employment security and job growth that
Canada and Europe facilitate bilateral trade", explained Jan Westcott,
President & CEO of Spirits Canada.
The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) seeks to
broaden trade between Canada and Europe and to build on existing trade
agreements such as the 2004 Wine and Spirits Agreement.
"The full and immediate elimination of remaining import custom duties,
the harmonization of standards where possible, and the removal of
protective internal policies, will benefit both producers and
consumers", explained Mr. Westcott.
Spirits excise duty reform, enhanced industry innovation and the opening
of new export markets were three critical keys to success identified in
last year's first Canadian Whisky Summit. The February 2011 Summit
brought together farmers, producers, academics, regulators, retailers
and mixologists to explore ideas on how to propel Canadian Whisky to
greater success at home and abroad.
Spirits Canada is the only national trade association representing
Canadian distilled spirits manufacturers. Founded on Canada's signature
spirit of Canadian Whisky, Canadian Spirits manufacturers annually
export over 70% of their annual production to over 150 international
SOURCE Spirits Canada
For further information:
Jan Westcott, 416 707 8851