International Trade and Export Policy for Distilled Spirits

Importance of Trade

Why Trade Matters to the U.S. Spirits Sector

The ability to export provides U.S. spirits producers access to adult consumers around the globe, thus supporting jobs in the U.S. agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality and logistics sectors in the U.S. economy as a whole.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) supports the efforts of the United States to open markets for U.S. spirits exports. Opening markets has helped U.S. distillers export to over 130 countries around the world, increasing from $242 million in 1989 to over $1.6 billion in 2017.

U.S. Spirits Exports Markets

Importance of Trade Agreements

Free Trade Agreements

The U.S. spirits sector has benefitted from the comprehensive and market opening trade agreements the United States has concluded, as well as efforts to ensure that U.S. spirits are treated fairly in foreign markets. Continuing to further liberalize trade with other trading partners will be key to the continued growth and long-term viability of the U.S. spirits sector.

NAFTA: Why it’s important to preserve, yet modernize, the agreement.

Barriers to U.S. Spirits Exports

Foreign Trade Barriers Inhibit U.S. Spirits Sector’s Growth

American Whiskey Trail Video (Spanish Subtitles)

El whiskey estadounidense forma parte de la experiencia de EE. UU., de los primeros colonos de Amerioca a George Washington hasta llegar a la actual explosion del whiskey a nivel mundial.