Scotland’s most southerly whisky distillery has warmly welcomed the news that the long-standing dispute between Britain and America over punitive tariffs has been temporarily resolved.
Bladnoch Distillery – which sits on the banks of the River Bladnoch – is hoping the United States can now become a huge new market for its single malt.
Dr Nick Savage, who is the Master Distiller, believes the move will allow the brand to grow faster in the coming months.
He said: “As we have limited stocks we have not really made any inroads into the American market but that is likely to change now that the tariffs have been lifted.
“It will certainly allow us to grow and has the potential to become a huge market for us in the near future. I am delighted that whisky is no longer been used as a bargaining tool between the two countries.”
Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, revealed the suspension of US tariffs on Scotch Whisky and cashmere products was a positive move forward.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted that a deal has now been struck which will clearly benefit the likes of Bladnoch Distillery and many others to expand their businesses on the strength of it.
“I am sure a lot of people involved in the whisky industry in Scotland will be raising a glass or two to celebrate this news as it will hopefully spark greater export opportunities.
“Bladnoch Distillery is already proving to be a wonderful success story by attracting many visitors to the area thanks to its excellent tourist centre and hopefully this will continue in the coming months ahead.”
Negotiations between the UK Government and the new US administration mean the tariffs on the products will initially be suspended for four months.
But it is hoped that during this period a permanent agreement will be reached which will see an end to whisky and textiles being hit by tariffs of 25 per cent.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross hailed the agreement as a “major step forward” having lobbied the UK Government to push for an end to the tariffs.
He believes the suspension shows the benefits of the UK operating outside the European Union who had earlier been involved in a dispute with the Trump administration over subsidies given to Airbus.
Mr Ross said: “The dispute has gone on for far too long and these industries have been disproportionately punished for a disagreement between the US and the European Union that they played absolutely no part in.
“The four month suspension will hopefully allow the breathing space to find a permanent solution to end these tariffs once and for all.
“The US market is the most valuable one for our Scotch Whisky distillers who will now be hoping that there is a brighter future ahead for them in terms of exporting their products.”