113 European and American organisations urge EU and US to remove retaliatory tariffs on unrelated products

Lifting Tariffs Will Help Both Economies Recover From the COVID-19 Pandemic

In advance of the upcoming EU-U.S. summit in Brussels, the undersigned 113 organisations reiterate our call for the permanent removal of tariffs on sectors unrelated to the ongoing transatlantic trade disputes. The transatlantic relationship is of enormous economic importance to our sectors, and we are eager to see it protected and nurtured. We welcome the positive steps to de-escalate the disputes over the past few months and hope that both sides can build on this positive momentum to secure the permanent removal of retaliatory tariffs on our products.

We are encouraged by the decision to temporarily suspend tariffs imposed in connection to the World Trade Organization Airbus-Boeing disputes and by the ongoing U.S. and EU efforts to settle the dispute before the suspension ends. Our strong desire is to see an agreement before 11 July to permanently remove these tariffs. However, predictability is essential for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Our sectors, therefore, request advance notice that the tariffs will not return, even if there is a need for additional time to negotiate, to account for shipping times between the EU and the U.S.

We are also encouraged by the recent U.S.-EU joint statement on addressing global steel and aluminium excess capacity, and commend the EU’s decision to postpone the second tranche of rebalancing tariffs until 1 December. While this six-month respite provides reassurance to affected sectors, we call on both parties to secure an agreement before the December deadline to permanently remove existing tariffs and not to introduce new tariffs. Indeed, products across a range of sectors continue to face destructive tariffs that are harming competitiveness and negatively impacting manufacturers, producers, farmers and logistics providers and many others on both sides of the Atlantic.

We are hopeful the recent positive momentum in both disputes will lead to the permanent removal of tariffs on unrelated sectors and an agreement not to introduce new tariffs in these transatlantic disputes. We call on our leaders to intensify negotiations to ensure that this happens without delay. Removing tariffs on unrelated sectors is essential to create the necessary certainty and stability to grow the transatlantic economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Securing the permanent removal of tariffs on unrelated sectors will also allow both sides to establish a positive transatlantic trade agenda and focus on common areas of interest.

Contact person: Pauline Bastidon - Bastidon@spirits.eu / +32 491 39 19 22

Full list of signatories

ACEM - European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers

Agriculture Transportation Association

AIJN - European Fruit Juices Association

American Apparel & Footwear Association

American Bakers Association

American Beverage Licensees

American Chemistry Council

American Craft Spirits Association

American Cranberry Growers Association

American Distilled Spirits Alliance

American Distilling Institute

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Peanut Council

American Single Malt Whiskey Commission

American Soybean Association

American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute

APPLiA - Home Appliance Europe

Arizona Craft Distillers Guild

Associated Equipment Distributors

Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association

BNIC - Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac

California Artisanal Distillers Guild

CAOBISCO - Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery of Europe

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association

CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment

CECIMO - European Association of the Machine Tool Industries

CEEV - Comité Européen des Entreprises Vin

CEFIC - The European Chemical Industry Council

CEMA  - European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association

CEO - Comité Européen de l'Outillage

Cheese Importers Association of America

CLITRAVI - Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union

COCERAL - European association of trade in cereals, oilseeds, pulses, olive oil, oils and fats, animal feed and agrosupply

Colorado Distillers Guild

Connecticut Spirits Trail

Corn Refiners Association

Cranberry Institute

CRN - Council for Responsible Nutrition

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Distillers Association of North Carolina

Drinks Ireland

ECCIA - Europan Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance

ECF - European Coffee Federation

EDA - European Dairy Association

EFFA - European Flavour Association

EPTA - European Power Tools Association

Espirituosos España - Federación Española de Espirituosos

EUCOLAIT - European Association of Dairy Trade

EURATEX - The European Apparel and Textile Confederation

EUROMAT - European Gaming and Amusement Federation

European Boating Industry

Farmers for Free Trade

FEC - Federation of European manufacturers of Cookware and cutlery

FEMA - Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States

FEVS - Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux de France

Florida Citrus Mutual

Florida Citrus Packers

Florida Craft Spirits Association

Food Export-Northeast

Freshfel Europe - The European Fresh Produce 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

Intergraf - European federation for print and digital communication

Iowa Distillers Alliance

Kentucky Distillers’ Association

Louisiana Distillers Guild

Maryland Distillers Guild

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 Fisheries Institute

National Grain and Feed Association

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

NCA - National Confectioners Association

New Hampshire Distillers Guild

New Jersey Craft Distillers Guild

New York State Distillers Guild

NMMA - National Marine Manufacturers Association

North American Shippers Association

NY Wine Industry Association

Ohio Distiller’s Guild

Oregon Distillers Guild

Oregon Wine Council

Pennsylvania Distillers Guild

Personal Care Products Council

PROFEL - European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processing Industries

South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild


Tennessee Distillers Guild

Texas Distilled Spirits Association

The Maryland Wineries Association


U.S. Wine Trade Alliance

United States Bartenders’ Guild

United States Sweet Potato Council

USA Rice

USMMA - United States Motorcycle Manufacturers Association

Virginia Distillers Association

Washington Wine Institute

West Coast Seafood Processors Association

Willamette Valley Wineries Association

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

Wine and Spirits Shippers Association

Wine Institute


Wisconsin State Cranberry Association


10.06.2021 113 European and American organisations urge EU and US to remove retaliatory tariffs on unrelated products
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