Take action now to oppose the retaliatory tariffs on EU wines, spirits, and beer/non-alcoholic beer as a result of the Airbus trade dispute. Since October 2019, 25 percent retaliatory tariffs have been imposed by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on certain wines and spirits from the EU. Now, USTR is proposing to raise those tariffs up to 100 percent and expand the categories of wine and spirits subject to retaliatory tariffs and add other products to the tariff list. Job losses, business closures, and higher prices and less selections for consumers are directly caused by these retaliatory tariffs.
The period to submit public comments to USTR related to tariffs on wine and spirits in connection with the Boeing/Airbus case has closed. WSWA now awaits USTR's decision on August 12, 2020, while continuing to urge Congress and the Administration to remove alcohol products from its list of goods subject to further tariffs.
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Below you will find a sample "pitch" email that can be sent to local broadcast or radio stations or print publications as well as a sample press release linked here.
[REPORTER NAME] –
As you know, the U.S. and EU are in a trade dispute and as a result local jobs are at risk. I run the [COMPANY NAME HERE], a local wine and spirits wholesaler in [YOUR CITY HERE]. The sustained 25 percent tariff on EU products that has been in place since October is impacting products that we import and distribute to local restaurants, bars, hotels and other establishments vital to our local economy. The compounding impact of these tariffs and COVID-19 shutdowns has resulted in job losses, hiring freezes and U.S. businesses forced to operate with additional uncertainties, resulting in the most unstable environment our industry has seen.
A new study from Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) found that the U.S. alcohol industry is poised to lose close to 93,000 jobs and nearly $3.8 billion in wages, costing the U.S. economy $11 billion in 2020. State and local governments will see their revenues drop by a stunning $10.7 billion.
I welcome the opportunity to connect with you by phone or in person to discuss this issue further. Please see the attached press release and the attached study from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America for more information.
[YOUR NAME HERE]
By August 12 – and every 180 days thereafter -- the United States Trade Representative (USTR) must review these tariffs and decide whether to modify, remove, or replace all products on the list of products tariffed or increase or decrease the tariff levels. In a concerning development, USTR also included a new "supplemental" list of EU products, which includes vodka, gin, and beer from the UK, Germany, France, and Spain that could potentially be subject to new tariffs. In addition, USTR has initiated a separate investigation related to Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by a number of countries to determine whether the policies are unreasonable or discriminatory or restrict U.S. commerce. This investigation could potentially lead to further tariffs on wine and spirits imports.
To learn more on WSWA’s work opposing tariffs view the WSWA Tariff Timeline or click on the links below to read submissions to the USTR by WSWA and the Beverage Alcohol Coalition: