UK proposes new tariffs on US wine imports

25 May, 2021

US wine imported into the UK could become one of several American products to be levied with new tariffs as part of the ongoing trade war.

The proposed tariffs, which will also apply to chocolate and lobsters, are the latest retaliation from Westminster to the 25% steel and 10% aluminium tariffs introduced on imports to the US by the Trump administration.

“We now have the power to shape these tariffs, so they reflect UK interests and are tailored to our economy,” said international trade secretary, Liz Truss.

“The UK will do whatever is necessary to protect our steel industry against illegal tariffs that could undermine British industry and damage our businesses.

“Ultimately, however, we want to de-escalate these disputes so we can move forward and work closely with the US on issues like World Trade Organisation reform and tackling unfair trade practices by non-market economies.”

Britain hasn’t yet declared what the proposed tariff rates will be. The trade department has insisted that Truss and her US counterpart have had productive discussions towards a de-escalation strategy.

"Today's announcement will help ensure these measures are tailored to the needs of the UK economy and shaped to defend industries across the UK, including steel and aluminium manufacturers," said a spokesperson for the UK trade ministry.

According to customs data, Britain imported 133,512 tonnes of wine from the United States last year, worth £224 million.





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