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  • Writer's pictureStephen Fodor

Distillers Want Action as Trump's Tariff War is Crippling the Spirits Industry

July 31, 2020

Since Trump’s tariff war took off two years ago, American whiskey distillers have lost a jarring $337 million of sales.

But the worst is yet to come. The deadline for the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) public input period for the proposed new tariffs on spirits from the European Union is coming up fast (July 26, 2020), and the outcome will drastically change the industry.  

So the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is calling for action in the spirits industry. 

“We are urging everyone connected to the U.S. and E.U. spirits industries, from bartenders to farmers to adult consumers, to tell the USTR that these tariffs are costing hospitality industry jobs and must be eliminated,” said Chris Swonger, DISCUS President and CEO in a statement. DISCUS has facilitated over 2,000 comments on the proposed tariffs via their #ToastsNotTariff campaign. 

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