Tariffs on European wine alarm struggling cafe market

Content hour — and a good deal more — could develop into additional highly-priced with a sudden new round of imported wine tariffs that take outcome Tuesday.

America’s major trade official on Dec. 30 slapped a 25% tariff on some larger-liquor European wines to enhance a comparable tariff on lessen-alcoholic beverages European wines that took impact extra than a calendar year in the past.

The motion could display up in greater price ranges for importers, distributors, dining places, vendors and individuals at a time when quite a few restaurants are trying to survive amid COVID-19 small business disruptions.

In a December letter to President-elect Joe Biden, 52 Arizona restaurants signed in protest of the new round of tariffs, which implement to sure European wines, predominantly from France and Germany, with liquor content above 14%.

The before tariffs, imposed in 2019, lifted charges on some European wines with a lot less alcohol. Reps from a few thousand dining places nationally signed the letter.