U.S. Lawmakers Urge USTR Tai to Seek Removal of UK, EU Whiskey Tariffs



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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Some 50 members of Congress on Monday urged U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to seek removal of 25% tariffs on American Whiskey imposed by the European Union and Britain in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

The bipartisan group of House of Representatives members, led by Democrat John Yarmuth and Republican Andy Barr, both of Kentucky, warned that these tariffs, first imposed in June 2018 and scheduled to double to 50% on June 1, are damaging an American export success story.

“Since the tariffs were imposed, our American Whiskey exports to the EU have declined by 37% and to the UK by 53%,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter.

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