Statement by the Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition on the agreement between the U.S. and EU to End the Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskeys as part of the Steel and Aluminum Dispute Settlement

Today’s successful negotiations, which brings us one step closer to an end to the retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskeys, is cause for celebration.

We commend the Biden administration for restoring the important trading partnership with the EU. The lifting of the tariff on American Whiskeys marks the final chapter in the tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs on EU and U.S. distilled spirits and wines products that have been ensnarled in two trade disputes totally unrelated to the beverage alcohol sector.

The EU is a critical export market for American Whiskey producers. Securing the removal of the retaliatory tariff on American Whiskeys provides a boost not only to U.S. distillers across the country, but also to the entire U.S. supply chain from grain to glass. This renewed relationship will increase exports and job growth.

Returning to duty-free trade for all distilled spirits also brings much-needed certainty to hospitality businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, many of which continue to be negatively impacted by the pandemic.

It’s time for the UK to lift its tariff on American Whiskeys and eliminate the threat of additional tariffs on American wine so we can all get back to toasts, not tariffs.


The Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition is made up of 50 associations representing the entire three-tier chain of the U.S. alcohol industry.

Contact: Lisa Hawkins, Distilled Spirits Council (202) 256-1330