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Scotch wins after talking Turkey

Published:  01 July, 2009

Scotch whisky producers have won a battle over discriminatory tax rates in the Turkish market.

The Scotch Whisky Association has reached an agreement that will see 30% reductions in the tax discrimination faced by Scotch whisky against locally-produced raki in 2012 and 2015.

The moves come on top of a similar reduction in April. All spirits will be taxed at the same rate in Turkey from 2018.

Scotch whisky has historically been taxed at double the rate of raki.

Nick Soper, the SWA's European affairs director, said: "Agreement on spirits tax reform in Turkey is a major boost.

"We're delighted Scotch whisky will have the opportunity to compete on a level tax playing filed in Turkey in the future."

The agreement was reached as part of talks over Turkey's EU membership.