Britain said on Thursday it had negotiated to reduce or remove tariffs on alcohol exports to several markets around the world, as it considered a free trade deal with India , one of its largest whiskey markets. Britain is seeking to negotiate trade deals around the world after leaving the European Union, but new trade minister Kemi Badenoch has also indicated she wants to remove other barriers to trade.

The Department of Commerce said 100 million pounds ($112 million) of export markets had been opened up by removing trade barriers for the alcohol industry, whose exports reached £6.5 billion. books last year. Badenoch said the measures, which reduce or eliminate tariffs in Argentina, Angola and Morocco and ease customs problems in Tunisia, “open up access to new markets and new customers.”

“As we line up deals with huge markets around the world, including India and the CPTPP, I look forward to celebrating the even bigger wins ahead of us,” she said, adding reference to the comprehensive and progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership that Britain hopes for. join. India is one of Britain’s biggest whiskey buyers. The whiskey export market was worth nearly £150m last year in India, but there is a 150% tariff.

The government has said it intends to strike a trade deal with India by Diwali, which starts later this month. Prime Minister’s spokesman Liz Truss said Britain wanted to deepen its trade relationship with India but would not sacrifice the quality of the deal for speed.

“Reaching an agreement with India to reduce the 150% tariff on Scotch whiskey is the industry’s top international trade priority,” said Mark Kent, CEO of the Scotch Whiskey Association. “To serve the industry, any agreement must open the market to more Scotch Whiskey producers.”

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