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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable John A. Yarmuth
Sent By:
Katy.Rowley@mail.house.gov

Join the Congressional Bourbon Caucus in sending a letter to USTR 

Reps. John Yarmuth and Andy Barr, co-chairs of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus are leading a letter to USTR seeking a de-escalation in trade tensions and the simultaneous removal of tariffs on these beverage alcohol products ahead of USTR’s expected announcement
about whether to increase/decrease/remove tariffs on EU spirits related to the WTO Airbus case. Please contact Katy Rowley (katy.rowley@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Yarmuth’s office to sign. 

Deadline to sign: February 13th at 10 am

Current signers: Yarmuth, Barr, Massie, Kaptur, Newhouse, Titus, Carbajal, Plaskett, Bishop 

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer, 

As Members of Congress that represent constituents with interests in the production, distribution, and sale of distilled spirits products, both in the United States  and the European Union (EU), we write to express our concern with the trade disputes and
imposition of tariffs that have resulted in significant collateral damage that continues to threaten this American industry and job market.  

In a landmark 1997 agreement, the U.S. and EU eliminated tariffs on most spirits, which resulted in 450 percent growth in bilateral trade of these products. Each industry uniquely supports economic opportunities for farmers, glass manufacturers, label makers,
hospitality businesses, distributors, wholesalers, and countless others connected with the supply chain, contributing to the growth of the spirits industry across the U.S., Ireland, the United Kingdom, and EU.     

Now, unrelated trade disputes and the imposition of tariffs on U.S. and EU beverage alcohol have caused significant harm to the American Whiskey industry.  Since the EU placed tariffs on American Whiskey following the imposition of U.S. tariffs on EU steel
and aluminum, American Whiskey exports are down 27 percent between January 2019 and November 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018. As you know, following the World Trade Organization’s ruling on the Airbus dispute, the U.S. targeted a number of EU beverage
alcohol products for additional tariffs – including Single-Malt Irish Whiskey and Single-Malt Scotch Whisky – further escalating trade tensions that have already demonstrated negative impacts on farmers, producers, retailers, importers and exporters, and others
in the hospitality industry across our nation. 

As you carefully consider and re-evaluate these harmful tariffs, we urge a de-escalation in trade tensions and the simultaneous removal of tariffs on U.S. and EU beverage alcohol products. Thank you for your consideration. 

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Selected legislative information: Economy, Taxes, Trade

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