Proposed tariffs are threatening to double the price on imported European cheeses. While I try to avoid discussing politics, this could have catastrophic consequences on the cheese industry. Here is everything you need to know.
Proposed Tariffs Are About to Double the Price of Imported Cheese
Last April, the Trump administration announced tariffs on goods European that included over 300 categories of European goods. In July, they expanded the list to include 90% of European cheeses. I’ve broken down the facts into bullet points listed below.
We have until August 12th to take action and prevent these tariffs from going into effect. Please click here to submit your comments. I have drafted a letter that you can copy & paste into the comment field.
Here’s what you need to know about the tariffs on European goods:
- Imported European cheeses, and the domestic businesses that sell them, are under serious threat.
- Proposed tariffs expected to take effect this fall would dramatically raise prices on European foods imported to the United States, including 90% of European Cheeses.
- The tariffs stem from a dispute in the aviation industries: the US believes that French aircraft manufacturer Airbus receives an unfair competitive advantage over Boeing because of EU subsidies.
- These tariffs will increase the price of these cheeses for the American consumer by as much as 100%.
- While the tariffs are intended to punish the European Union, they will indirectly affect small food businesses in the United States by reducing demand for European cheeses, which make up more than 50% of domestic cheese sales.
- The results may be catastrophic to the industry. Cheese retailers operate on very thin margins with highly perishable products. They will have to raise their prices. Fewer people will be able to afford the cheeses, and some people might go out of business.
- Tariffs may negatively affect American artisan cheeses, too. If less cheese is sold overall, the costs of distribution and shipping can go up for everyone.
- For more information, please read this article from Modern Farmer.
Here’s what you can do to stop it:
We have until August 12th to take action and prevent these tariffs from going into effect. Please click here to submit your comments on why these tariffs shouldn’t go into effect. Feel free to use the following letter that I have drafted:
Please do not allow the proposed tariffs on European goods to pass. The effects on the American specialty foods industry could be catastrophic and puts the livelihoods of many cheese professionals at risk. The tariffs in question could increase the price of imported European cheese by 100%. The tariffs are intended to punish the European Union, but it directly impacts small food businesses in the U.S.
Cheese retailers operate on very thin margins with highly perishable products. They will have to raise their prices. Fewer people will be able to afford the cheeses, and some people might even go out of business. These tariffs are set to be put in effect this fall and will directly affect the bottom line of retailers just before their busiest, most profitable holiday season. This can even affect domestic cheeses because if less cheese is sold overall, the costs of distribution and shipping can go up for everyone.
If the supposed goal of the tariffs is to stimulate the American aviation businesses, it makes no sense to pursue that goal by impairing the economic livelihood of other American businesses and consumers. Please don’t let an argument between aircraft carriers affect the livelihoods of business owners all over this great nation.
In addition, you can also reach out to your elected federal representatives in the House and Senate. Click here to find out who they are based on your location.