Bloomberg Law
Oct. 5, 2020, 3:00 PM

EU Wine, Whiskey Duties Seen Making U.S. Sellers ‘Punching Bag’

Megan U. Boyanton
Megan U. Boyanton
Agriculture Policy Reporter

Wine and spirits distributors and importers, many of them small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, are pressing the Trump administration to lift tariffs on European goods, saying the levies hurt Americans most.

“As a small business, you never think your government is going to be the most difficult burden in your journey,” said Ben Aneff, president of the U.S. Wine Trade Alliance and managing partner of Tribeca Wine Merchants in New York City. “It’s not fair for us to be a punching bag in a trade dispute.”

The distributors and importers are pleading for the government to lift its ...

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