A cross-party initiative in Congress to abolish whiskey tariffs

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Take action to ensure the elimination of 25% tariffs in the US whiskey, imposed by the EU and Britain, in retaliation for the imposition of US tariffs on steel and aluminum, called the US Trade Representative (USTR) Kathryn Thai 50 members of the US Congress.

The bipartisan House of Representatives under Democrat John Yarmouth and Republican Andy Barr, representing Kentucky, warned that duties These, first imposed in June 2018 and scheduled to double to 50% by June 1, are ruining the successful history of US exports.

“Ever since the duties were imposed, American whiskey exports “to the EU they decreased by 37%, while to Britain by 53%”, the deputies wrote, as broadcast by AMPE.

They said they hoped the recent agreements to suspend separate whiskey tariffs on the dispute for government subsidies to Boeing Co and Airbus aircraft manufacturers SE should “encourage the withdrawal of all duties on American, European and British wines and distillates”.

Lisa Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the Spirits Council, said there are now spirits in every US state faced with the risk of greater consequences from the imposition of duties.

“US whiskey producers have suffered a lot from these trade disputes, and doubling European tariffs from June 1 will cause irreparable damage to our once-growing exports,” she said in an e-mail.

The permanent abolition of the financial burden caused by the tariffs will support the recovery of restaurants, bars, but also small distilleries, which were shut down due to the pandemic of coronavirus, the deputies wrote.

Tariffs on steel and aluminum have been imposed by the US Department of Commerce under the provisions of a US Cold War trade law since the end of the Cold War.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said the tariffs were “effective” in protecting US metal producers, while Tai argued that a global solution to reduce excess steel and aluminum production capacity, which in large part degree focused on China, is necessary to resolve issues in the industry.

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