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 agreements.
"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 markets.
For further information:
Jan Westcott, 416 707 8851