Record Exports As Scotch Whisky Defies Downturn
15 Apr 2010
Scotch Whisky exports rose by 3% in value to £3.13bn,
contributing £99 every second to the UK trade balance. Export
volumes increased by 4% worldwide, with the equivalent of 1.1bn
70cl bottles of Scotch Whisky shipped.
Scotch Whisky enjoyed continuing success in France (+13% in
value) and the United States (+13%), with Brazil (+44%) and South
Africa (+7%) both significant emerging markets in 2009.
After a slow start to the year caused by trade de-stocking and
weaker consumer confidence, the SWA reported an impressive export
performance in the second half of 2009. In comparison to 2008, an
extra £71m of Blended Scotch Whisky was exported during the year
(+3%), with Malt Scotch Whisky shipments rising by £4m (+1%).
Scotch Whisky exports have risen by £977m in shipment value over
the last ten years, a 45% increase. Shipment volume has also
increased by 13%, the equivalent of 131.8m 70cl bottles, since
Paul Walsh, Chairman of the SWA, said:
"Scotch Whisky distillers have delivered record exports in the
face of a global economic downturn. It is an impressive
performance, underscoring the importance of Scotch Whisky to the UK
economy. The industry is continuing to invest and sustain its
efforts to secure fair access to export markets. We look to the
next UK Government to work with us to build on Scotch Whisky's
success in the future."
Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of the SWA, said:
"As one of the UK's leading manufactured exports, all political
parties should recognise and support the Scotch Whisky industry,
both at home and abroad, during the next Parliament. A review of
the UK excise duty system is long overdue; we want to see a
domestic operating and fiscal environment that better supports our