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113 U.S. and EU Organizations Urge EU and U.S. to Lift Retaliatory Tariffs on Products Unrelated to Transatlantic Trade Disputes

Lifting Tariffs Will Help Both Economies Recover From the COVID-19 Pandemic
by Press Release
June 14, 2021

In advance of the upcoming EU-U.S. summit in Brussels, the undersigned 113 organizations 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 July 11 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 aluminum excess capacity, and commend the EU’s decision to postpone the second tranche of rebalancing tariffs until December 1. 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. 

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 

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Tennessee Distillers Guild 

Texas Distilled Spirits Association 

The Maryland Wineries Association 

U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL 

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 

WineAmerica 

Wisconsin State Cranberry Association


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