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WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
If you haven’t yet spoken up yet about the existing 25 percent tariffs, or the proposed 100 percent tariffs, now is the time to do so. We can’t stress this strongly enough. It is essential that the U.S. Trade Representative see the deep impacts this will have across the country.

We should also be clear: There are two proposed tariff actions at issue, which not everyone knows. We mention this because you should be sure to comment on both issues.

The first is retaliation for France’s proposed Digital Services Tax (DST), which would force tech giants to pay taxes they thus far have avoided. These tariffs are specific to French goods.

The second involves retaliation over subsidies for Airbus, which was the source of the 25 percent tariffs issued in October. These tariffs apply broadly to goods from most EU nations.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE
Please share your concerns with decision makers so they are fully aware of the impact of such tariffs and are aware of our united opposition.

Here are links to whom to write with text you can easily copy and paste  
Please take five minutes click a few links and relay the importance of opposing these tariffs.

You can comment directly on proposed 100% European wine tariffs via the form here.

I strongly oppose the proposed increase in tariffs on wine and spirits per United States Trade Representative Docket No. USTR-2019-0003.

These tariffs are disproportionate and misdirected as they will negatively impact businesses in the United States and lessen consumer choice in retaliation to matters relating to civil aviation.

The impact would be crippling for U.S. based importers, restaurants, retailers and consumers.

These tariffs are detrimental to small and medium sized importers without sufficient cash flow to cover these colossal tariffs.

These tariffs will result in a loss of U.S. jobs in the retail, importing and distribution of wine and spirits.

Nationwide there are over 2,000 wine and spirits wholesalers employing more than 87,000 people representing $166 billion in sales in 2017. There are 34,000 beer, wine and liquor stores with 167,000 employees and these industry sector jobs are as important as any other U.S. jobs.  (Source: https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2017/econ/awts/annual-reports.html)

Price increases ultimately will have to be passed on to consumers, so U.S. consumers will be paying a penalty intended for the EU. 

I ask you not to sacrifice domestic jobs and businesses, nor to penalize U.S. consumers as part of this dispute.

 

You can comment on 100% French sparkling wine tariffs directly via the form here.

I strongly oppose the proposed increase in tariffs on sparkling wine per United States Trade Representative Docket No. USTR-2019-0009-0038.

These tariffs are disproportionate and misdirected as they will negatively impact businesses in the United States and lessen consumer choice in retaliation to matters relating to digital services.

The impact would be crippling for U.S. based importers, restaurants, retailers and consumers.

These tariffs are detrimental to small and medium sized importers without sufficient cash flow to cover these colossal tariffs.

These tariffs will result in a loss of U.S. jobs in the retail, importing and distribution of wine and spirits.

Nationwide there are over 2,000 wine and spirits wholesalers employing more than 87,000 people representing $166 billion in sales in 2017. There are 34,000 beer, wine and liquor stores with 167,000 employees and these industry sector jobs are as important as any other U.S. jobs.  (Source: https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2017/econ/awts/annual-reports.html)

Price increases ultimately will have to be passed on to consumers, so U.S. consumers will be paying a penalty intended for the EU.

I ask you not to sacrifice domestic jobs and businesses, nor to penalize U.S. consumers as part of this dispute.

  1. Write your US Senator here
  2. Write to your House Representative here.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE | PLEASE WRITE NOW

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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
A taste of what’s making the news

In response to proposed 100% tariffs, a chorus of opposition has raised its voice in cogent arguments against maligned measures that would cost American jobs and cost Americans access without achieving their intended goals.

Many concerns are summed up in Barron’s recent article Latest Tariff Threat Could Double Prices of European Wines and Whiskies

The threat to the U.S. wine industry was covered by the Wine Spectator

In his recent article including his letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Jon Bonné makes the clear case that these tariffs would in fact be punitive for Americans and not for European producers. Bonné explains how the proposed tariffs would not see U.S. wines replace EU wines, outlines what their deep impact would be on U.S. businesses, and ultimately sums up what revenues the U.S. would lose across our industry -all as casualties to a high-quality market that is not even supported by subsidies.

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