“This spirit drink agreement will give Mexican consumers continued confidence that the Scotch whisky they enjoy will be distilled and matured in Scotland, in accordance with UK law.” Today`s agreement will maintain preferential access for trade between Mexico and the UK after the end of the UK`s transitional period with the EU on 31 December 2020, when the EU-Mexico global agreement will cease to apply to the UK. Both sides will endeavour to bring the agreement into force on January 1, 2021, subject to parliamentary procedures and legislative authorizations. Mezcal has been voted one of the fastest growing spirits in the UK, particularly in the premium and super premium categories. “We look forward to working with our Mexican friends and allies for an ambitious new trade agreement in 2021. This will allow our two countries to go much further in areas such as data, digital trade, investment, intellectual property and services. This agreement is also a further step towards the UK`s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), to which we intend to apply for formal membership in early 2021. Both sides agreed that our future bilateral negotiations should take place in parallel with this process. The lists attached to the agreement were updated by the introduction of new conditions by both parties. This brings the number of protected geographical indications in Mexico for EU spirits to 232 and Mexico to six. The agreement was originally concluded in 1997 and amended in 2004 to reflect the enlargement of the EU and the new Mexican GIS SPIRITS.
The new update, published today in the EU Official Journal, will come into force on 31 January 2020. The European Union and Mexico today strengthened their cooperation on the protection of geographical indications (GGP) by updating their agreement on mutual recognition and the protection of the appellations of spirits. The sectoral trade in spirits and beverages was included in the “Product Trade” chapter. It deals with issues related to certification labelling and creates a subcommittee for wine and spirits trade and cooperation. After Mercosur, this is the second trade agreement that contains such an annex, which is a very good model for future negotiations. “This agreement is a positive step towards continuing negotiations on a free trade agreement between the UK and Mexico, which would guarantee the strongest terms of trade for the British and Mexican spirits industries.” One of the EU`s main strategic priorities for modernisation has been to ensure the protection of 572 European food, wine and spirits products as part of their Geographical Indications System (GIs).