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Scotch whisky exports up 17%

Published:  05 November, 2010

Nine out of Scotch whisky's top 10 export markets grew in value over the first six months of 2010, according to figures published today by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Global shipments between January-June 2010 were valued at £1.47bn, up 17% on the first half of 2009.

South Africawas one of the leading lights, with shipments increasing 44% (£52.8 million), closely followed by a 34% increase in shipments to the USA (valued at £233.7 million). The value of shipments to France also grew by 6% (£194.1 million). Tough economic conditions in Greece, led to a 9% fall in exports.

Single malt Scotch whisky exports rose by 31% (to £242m), with blended Scotch whisky shipments also up 9% (to £1.1bn), compared to the first half of 2009. New figures showed blended malt Scotch whisky exports are valued at £57m.

The global volume of Scotch whisky shipments rose by 3%, with the equivalent of 477m bottles exported.

Gavin Hewitt, SWA chief executive, said: "Scotch whisky distillers continue quietly and consistently to deliver impressive exports in many markets.

"The industry welcomes the UK coalition government's commitment to support exports. With a Trade White Paper being developed, fair market access for Scotch whisky must be a priority.

"We also look to the UK government to create a domestic business environment which supports exporters. Bold reform is needed at home to introduce a fair and socially responsible UK excise duty system, which also secures revenue to address the deficit.

"Taxing all alcohol on the same basis according to alcohol content would achieve these objectives. It would send out an important message to administrations in our export markets which would support Scotch whisky's global competitiveness."

The SWA figures derive from HM Revenue & Customs data, and are based on  the value and volume of shipments to each market.