Although news of an accord between France’s President Macron and U.S. President Trump hit the headlines today – this was in sole regards to halting a proposed 100% U.S. tariff on sparkling wine from France related to the Digital Service Tax. This is good news! Yet, the looming, proposed 100% U.S. tariff to all wines from EU countries related to the WTO Airbus dispute is still being decided. Your legislators will be the key in deciding the future of our industry. While the deadline has past to comment on the USTR Dockets we still need your help to write to your Congresspeople and Senators !
There has been a well spring of action from those of us in the Wine Industry fighting against these proposed tariffs, however, food and beverage professionals across America still need your help. Following an emergency forum with members of the Congressional Wine Caucus and the hospitality and wine industry, led by now legendary Harry Root of Grassroots Wine, we have seen some mobilization! #tariffight
Read the letter from the Congressional Wine Caucus to the USTR in opposition to the US Tariffs on EU products. 106 members from both sides of the aisle have signed. This is a non-partisan issue.
The most important thing you can do is contact your legislators regardless of district or political party. Wine tariffs are a non-partisan issue that affect all Americans regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and political convictions.
Contact your US Senators and members of the US House of Representatives. Tell them you are opposed to the US Tariffs that are disproportional to the industries they are meant to punish. Tariffs are paid by American businesses not EU businesses. These tariffs will cost American jobs and American livelihoods.
Key Senate Influencers Strategy sheet is here.
Contact details of members of the US Senate are here.
Contact details of members of the US House of Representatives are here.
If you are a wine and spirits consumer template letters can be found here.
If you work in any facet of the wine and spirits three-tiered system (retail, trucking company, restaurant, warehouse, accountant, etc.) template letters can be found here.
Circo Vino’s Trapeze Artist, Sariya Jarasviroj Brown, has been working tirelessly to get the word out. Here she is with our friend Doug Levy of Feast on KOLD13 News Tucson breaking down the consequences these proposed tariffs could have on US businesses and consumers. #NotJustWine
If you are joining us from the EU these tariffs will likely affect you too! Here is how you can help!
We need EU individuals who can proactively spread this message and organize letter writing campaigns. EU Call to Action Letter and Information