DISCUS Report: U.S. Spirits Exports Hit File Excessive in ’23

Issues that the U.S. spirits business — presently in a contemporary growth with frantic enlargement throughout the business — may quickly encounter a bubble are sometimes answered with: Test the exports.

And for good cause.

American spirits reached all-time highs in 2023, in line with a latest report from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

The report discovered U.S. spirits exports totaled $2.2 billion in 2023, up 8% in comparison with final 12 months. American Whiskeys, which account for 63% of all U.S. spirits exports, elevated by 9% over 2022 to achieve a report $1.4 billion.

“This newest report exhibits that U.S. exports are persevering with to rebuild after plummeting from the devastating retaliatory tariffs on American spirits imposed by the EU and UK,” stated Rob Maron, DISCUS vice chairman of worldwide commerce, in a press launch.

“The tariffs imposed from 2018-2021 as a part of two separate disputes between the U.S., EU and UK have since been suspended or eliminated, presenting U.S. spirits producers with a possibility to recapture misplaced market share in a number of the U.S.’ largest export markets,” he added. “Over the span of two years, American Whiskey exports to the EU surged by greater than 60%, climbing from $439 million in 2021 to $705 million in 2023.”


In December 2023, the EU introduced that it could proceed the suspension of tariffs on American Whiskeys within the metal and aluminum dispute for 15 months, till March 31, 2025. If no settlement is reached, the EU will reimpose its tariff on American Whiskeys at 50%, up from the beforehand imposed 25%.

“We urge the Biden administration to proceed working to safe the everlasting elimination of those tariffs,” Maron stated. “The EU’s 15-month tariff suspension is welcome information, however the uncertainty for the longer term continues to carry craft distillers again from exporting their spirits.”

The evaluation additionally confirmed that over the previous twenty years, international U.S. spirits exports, pushed by American Whiskeys, have elevated 280%, from $587 million to greater than $2.2 billion (2002-2023).

In line with the report, the long-term development of U.S. spirits exports is because of quite a few elements, together with the vary of commerce agreements that eradicated import tariffs and opened many international markets for distilled spirits; the lifting of retaliatory tariffs; the shift by customers in key exports markets in the direction of premium and super-premium American spirits; the continued reopening of the worldwide hospitality sector; and a rise in distilleries within the U.S., from fewer than 100 in 2005 to greater than 2,600 right this moment.

The EU is the most important export marketplace for U.S. spirits. Roughly 40% of U.S. spirits have been exported to the EU totaling $883 million, making it the U.S.’ largest export market. Whole U.S. spirits exports to the EU grew by 24% in comparison with 2022.

The highest 5 markets for U.S. spirits in 2023 have been: 1) European Union ($883 million); 2) Canada ($262 million); 3) Mexico ($139 million); 4) Australia ($138 million); and 5) United Kingdom ($129 million).

American Whiskeys continued to drive total U.S. spirits exports in 2023. American Whiskeys accounted for 63% of all spirits exports in worth phrases and 34% in quantity phrases.

The highest 5 markets for American Whiskeys in 2023 have been: 1) European Union ($705 million); 2) Australia ($121 million); 3) Japan ($106 million); 4) United Kingdom ($86 million); and 5) Canada ($76 million).

Distilled spirits have been exported from 45 states in 2023. The highest 10 states exporting U.S. spirits: 1) Tennessee ($983 million); 2) Kentucky ($505 million); 3) Florida ($338 million); 4) Texas ($180 million); 5) Illinois ($118 million); 6) Indiana ($72 million); 7) California ($65 million); 8) Arkansas ($57 million); 9) New York ($50 million); and 10) Georgia ($27 million).

Characteristic picture by Andy Li on Unsplash.

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