"The clock is ticking, time to end tariffs once and for all!” say unrelated sectors

Brussels/Washington, 29 October 2021 -  Ahead of the G20 Heads of State & Government Summit to be held in Rome this weekend, 74 sectors unrelated to the Section 232 steel and aluminium dispute urge U.S. & 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 & aluminium 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 U.S.

We welcome the EU’s decision not to impose the second tranche of rebalancing tariffs on 1 June to de-escalate the Section 232 dispute and the pledge made by the U.S. and EU to find a solution before 1 December. However, with only a month left before the 1 December 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


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29.10.2021 "The clock is ticking, time to end tariffs once and for all!” say unrelated sectors
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