Irish MEPs must support a vote to open up trade between Vietnam and Europe. That’s according to Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey, the representative body for the Irish whiskey
The vote on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is taking place in Strasbourg today. If passed, the agreement will remove the existing 45 per cent tariff on Irish whiskey imports to Vietnam.
William Lavelle, Head of Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey, said: ““We’re calling on Irish MEPs to vote in favour of this trade agreement, which will support export growth.
“The last decade saw a boom in Irish whiskey exports to North America and Europe. The next decade will see an increasing focus on Asia. Trade agreements such as that on offer with Vietnam will help open up Asia to Irish whiskey. In turn, this will support more jobs in local Irish whiskey distilleries and more custom for Irish barley and grain farmers.