US, EU Win WTO Fight Over Philippine Liquor Taxes

Law360, New York (August 15, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT) -- A World Trade Organization panel ruled Monday that Philippine taxes on distilled spirits violate international trade law by implicitly favoring domestic brews over imports from the U.S., the European Union and elsewhere.

A panel of the WTO's dispute resolution body concluded that the excise tax scheme — which charges significantly lower rates for spirits distilled from cane sugar and other raw materials typically used in the Philippines than it does for alcohol made from materials like wheat and grapes more common in other countries — ran...
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