Wine sellers struggling to survive the pandemic are now also getting slammed by Uncle Sam’s fight with the European Union over aircraft subsidies.
Decision came despite intense lobbying by the U.S. restaurant and beverage industries that are already reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic
Restaurants nationwide are asking the Biden administration to end the 25% tariffs on some European wine, food and spirits.
A tariff on wine was imposed on imports from several European countries by former President Trump which is affecting the bottom line for tourism and travel-related industries.
The Biden administration says it will keep tariffs on some European wine, cheese and other food products, despite lobbying efforts by industry groups that argue the levies harm U.S. businesses.
“Because of the way the wine world works here in the United States… additional tariffs on wines from the EU do not make for additional sales of U.S. wines… We know that for an absolute fact. There isn’t a positive you can point to.”
“We’re asking for the Biden administration to make the transition into reopening a much better one.”
For the wine world, 2021 is once again all about the pandemic, tariffs and climate change.
The year has changed. So has the government. But the challenges facing the wine industry — Covid, tariffs and climate change — remain.
A coalition of chefs, restaurant owners and local lawmakers wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to end tariffs on European food and wines.
Today, the Coalition to Stop Restaurant Tariffs — a group of award-winning chefs, restaurant and bar owners, and their suppliers — wrote to Congress, asking lawmakers to end crippling food and beverage tariffs.
Dear Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy: We ask for your help to end the restaurant tariffs. Restaurants, bars, and shops, the social heart of our local communities, cannot afford 25 percent tariffs on European food and drink products and cannot recover with them in place. Our industry needs the tariffs to end immediately.