Press Statement

74 U.S. and EU Organizations Urge U.S. and EU to Reach Agreement to Remove Retaliatory Tariffs on Products Unrelated to Transatlantic Trade Dispute

“The clock is ticking, time to end tariffs once and for all”

Ahead of the G20 Heads of State and Government Summit to be held in Rome this weekend, 74 organizations representing sectors unrelated to the Section 232 steel and aluminum dispute urge U.S. and EU leaders to reach an agreement to remove retaliatory tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, on products unrelated to the dispute.

Since June 2018, our industries, suppliers and supply chains have greatly suffered from the imposition or threat of tariffs stemming from the steel and aluminum dispute, which is wholly unrelated to our sectors. The last 18 months have been particularly challenging due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are only slowly starting to rebound from this crisis, while facing supply chain and logistics disruptions. Tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, are acting as major barriers at a time when we want to focus on creating jobs, growth and investments in both Europe and the United States.

We welcome the EU’s decision not to impose the second tranche of rebalancing tariffs on June 1 to de-escalate the Section 232 dispute and the pledge made by the U.S. and EU to find a solution before  December 1. However, with only a month left before the December 1 deadline, we now need to see a permanent resolution of this dispute which has already lasted far too long. This will allow the EU and U.S. to strengthen the transatlantic trading relationship, which is of key importance to our industries, and to tackle pressing common challenges together, in a spirit of unity.


 List of signatories:

ACEM (European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers)
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Port Authorities
American Beverage Licensees
American Chemistry Council
American Craft Spirits Association
American Cranberry Growers Association
American Distilled Spirits Alliance
American Distilling Institute
American Peanut Council
Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association
American Single Malt Commission
Arizona Craft Distillers Guild
CAOBISCO (Association of the Chocolate,
Biscuits and Confectionery industries of Europe);
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association
California Artisanal Distillers Guild
CECIMO (European Association of the Machine Tool
Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies)
CEMA (European Agricultural Machinery Association)
Colorado Distillers Guild
Connecticut Spirits Trail
Corn Refiners Association
Cranberry Institute
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Distillers Association of North Carolina
EBI (European Boating Industry)
ESA (European Snacks Association)
FEC (Federation of European manufacturers of Cookware and cutlery)
Florida Craft Spirits Association
 FRUCOM (European Federation of the trade in dried fruit, edible nuts, processed fruit & vegetables and processed fishery products)
Idaho Distillers Association
Illinois Craft Distillers Association
Independent Restaurant Coalition
Iowa Distillers Alliance
Kentucky Distillers’ Association
Louisiana Distillers Guild
Maryland Distillers Guild
Maryland Wineries Association
Michigan Craft Distillers Association
Montana Distillers Guild
Napa Valley Vintners
National Association of Beverage Importers
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
National Association of Wine Retailers
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
NCA – the National Confectioners Association
New Jersey Craft Distillers Guild
New Hampshire Distillers Guild
New York State Distillers Guild
North American Shippers Association
NY Wine Industry Association
Ohio Distillers Guild
Oregon Distillers Guild
Oregon Wine Council
Pennsylvania Distillers Guild
Personal Care Products Council
South Carolina Distillers Guild
Tennessee Distillers Guild
Texas Distilled Spirits Association
United States Bartenders’ Guild
USMMA (United States Motorcycle Manufacturers Association)
U.S. Wine Trade Alliance
USA Rice
Virginia Distillers Association
Washington Wine Institute
Willamette Valley Wineries Association
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine and Spirits Shippers Association
Wine Institute
Wisconsin State Cranberry Association