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  • No US tariff on beer a welcome relief for Britain’s brewers

    13 August 2020

    Decision by US, a market worth £107 million to British brewers, will aid British beer’s recovery from COVID-19 The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs in the UK, has today welcomed the decision from the US not to place tariffs on beer imported from the UK. The US Trade Representative (USTR) was considering revising the retaliatory tariffs it has placed on various goods imported from  EU countries to include beer made from malt. Last night it was announced that while tariffs will remain on other products such as Scotch Whisky, beer will continue to be excluded. The British Beer & Pub Association said the outcome was a welcome relief for British brewers who are looking to recover their businesses following the COVID-19 lockdown, and is a positive move for the future of trade for the sector with the US. Currently, more British beer is sent to the USA than to all of the non-EU nations combined. The USA is also the single biggest market for British brewers worth £107m alone.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The decision by the US not to put tariffs on beer is a welcome relief for Britain’s brewers. Our world class brewers send more beer to the USA than to all the non-EU nations combined, worth £107 million alone. “Due to the fallout they are facing from the COVID-19 lockdown and the impact it has had on domestic sales of beer, exports like those to the US will be crucial for Britain’s brewers as they start to recover their trade. “This is a positive signal of intent from the US for a good future trading relationship with UK brewers, enabling further growth for them in the US market. “We would like to thank the Department for International Trade for conveying the concerns of our sector to the US Trade Representative, who clearly listened to them.”

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  • PPL’s decision to raise prices by 130% is ‘extremely disappointing’, says BBPA

    19 March 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to a decision by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), which will see the tariff on the Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) licence increase by 130% on average. The SFE licence is used by pubs, nightclubs, cafés and hotels who feature DJs and dancefloors. Commenting on the decision by PPL, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We are extremely disappointed by PPL’s decision to raise the tariff on the SFE licence by 130% on average. “The night time economy is vital to the future of our high streets, but businesses that are crucial to that night time offer like pubs are already struggling, with on average three pubs a day closing their doors for good. This decision will be another big blow to hospitality businesses that are struggling to survive. “For the past 18 months we have been in discussions with PPL and have highlighted how the changes proposed to the tariff would be disproportionate and unwarranted. Whilst PPL have addressed some of these points, our fundamental concern is that increases by 130% on average, and in some cases much more, are not sustainable. “The SFE tariff has consistently grown already through annual RPI increases, which is an increasingly discredited inflation index and is consistently a percentage point above CPI. As a result, those who have been paying SFE licences over the years have already been paying more than their fair share. “We will consult with our members and the wider hospitality industry in more detail on these unreasonable increases. Copyright charges are established by law, but average increases of 130% that undermine the viability of pubs, clubs and the night time economy are not justifiable.”

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