By Sean Cleary
on Jun 29, 2020

Help Stop Wine Tariffs Now!

Here we go again. As of October 2019, the United States has imposed a 25% tariff on still wines under 14.1% ABV from France, Spain, Germany, and the UK. 


The tariff threat is now rearing its head again: There are currently two separate trade disputes between the US and EU which threaten to continue this tariff, potentially increase it up to 100%, and/or expand the tariff to include additional countries such as Italy or Austria.

These tariffs disproportionately affect small business in every region of the United States, including importers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and consumers. The wine business is completely unrelated to the trade disputes concerning aircraft and digital services, and applying tariffs to imported wine will significantly hurt US businesses while having not much of an effect on EU producers who are simply able to sell their products to other markets. In the long term, the United States will lose its place as the preeminent market for global wine, resulting in losses of jobs and income to US-based businesses.

The Office of the USTR (United States Trade Representative) is currently accepting comments on both issues. The number of comments received is an indicator of the importance of the issue to US businesses.

We encourage everyone who works in the wine business, as well as their friends and customers, to help gather as many comments as possible within the next week on both comment pages.

Both comment periods are open now. For the last round of civil aircraft dispute comments, there were over 10,000 comments. As of today, there are less than 200 comments on each of these comment pages!

Comments should describe how tariffs will affect US business and whether they will accomplish the desired goals of the USTR (Hint: they won’t.)


Digital Service Tax
Comment period closes July 15th
Large Civil Aircraft Dispute
Comment period closes July 26th
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