International Issues

The Council's Office of International Issues and Trade seeks to promote and protect the spirits industry’s interests in multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements and to monitor and address wide-ranging regulatory developments that affect worldwide exports of U.S.-produced distilled spirits.

Free Trade Agreements 

 The Council strongly supports the U.S. government’s efforts to negotiate and implement comprehensive, 21st-century free trade agreements.

North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

U.S. Distilled Spirits and NAFTA handout (Oct 2017)

Distilled Spirits Council - NAFTA Modernization Objectives (June 12 2017)

Distilled Spirits Council - NAFTA Modernization Written Comments HWM 2017

Importance of Trade to the U.S. Spirits Sector

Council Submission to the U.S. International Trade Commission on the Economic Impact of Trade Agreements (2016)

U.S. Distilled Spirits Exports: 2016 Factsheet 

World Trade Organization

The Council is a strong proponent of the international rules-based trading system and supports continued multilateral efforts to liberalize and facilitate trade in distilled spirits.

Promotional Events 

The Council Partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Market Access Program to help increase U.S. distilled spirits exports. Since becoming a USDA cooperator in 2004, the Council has held promotions in South Africa, Bulgaria, Romania, Chile, Colombia, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, China, Vietnam, Russia, Czech Republic, India, Korea, Germany, Belgium, and Austria. 

For more information about upcoming trade promotion events please visit the International News section on the Council's website. 

Market Research

Colombia:  Market Research Regarding Availability of Distilled Spirits Products

Distilled Spirits Trade Data

Foreign Trade Barriers to U.S. Spirits Exports Distilled Spirits Council 2018 Submission to USTR

Links and Resources


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