US urges Philippines comply with WTO alcohol ruling

August 15, 2011 18:45

WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday urged the Philippines to "immediately" open its market to US alcoholic beverage exports after a World Trade Organization ruling in Washington's favor.

"Today's panel report confirms that the Philippines' taxes on imported distilled spirits are discriminatory and inconsistent with WTO rules," US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in statement."We urge the Philippine government to comply swiftly with the panel's recommendations and rulings, and level the playing field for our exports immediately," Kirk said.

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