Distillers Urge Congress To Pass Russia Trade Bill

Published: 07/03/2012

WASHINGTON — Legislation granting permanent normal trade relations status to Russia recently was introduced in the U.S. Senate, and the Distilled Spirits Council urged speedy passage in order for U.S. distillers to gain many market access benefits of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

Russia is expected to join the WTO this summer, and U.S. spirits exporters to Russia will be at a distinct disadvantage to exporters in Europe and elsewhere if PNTR is not in place before that occurs, according to DISCUS.