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US fight with European Union having unexpected affect on mom-and-pop liquor stores
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Wine sellers struggling to survive the pandemic are now also getting slammed by Uncle Sam’s fight with the European Union over aircraft subsidies.
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Mom-and-pop wine importers are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in added expenses this year due to ever-increasing US tariffs slapped on wines imported from Europe. It’s forcing these businesses to cut pay and staff — and raise prices on customers.
“This is going to put some people out of business for sure,” said David Bowler, owner of Bowler Wine of Manhattan, an importer and distributor. “It’s like getting kicked when you’re already down.”WINE SALES EXPLODE DURING CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINES The family-owned company was forced to pay $28,000 in tariffs earlier this month, or $16,000 more than it would have paid had two shipments from Europe arrived when they were supposed to on Jan. 11.
The slight delay of the 1,987 cases containing 23,844 bottles from mostly France to New York City were immediately subject to tariffs that became effective on Jan. 12 — despite the fact that the wines were ordered and shipped before the tariffs were put in place.