American trade war on European wines gets green light
Trade war on French wines is ready to take off, as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) says America can impose tariffs for subsidies paid to Airbus.
The proposed $11bn tariffs include wine and champagne, after Donald Trump singled out French wine in the past year.
The EU will in time respond to any American tariffs after its claim for a $20bn tariff against America for its state subsidies to Boeing is heard.
Some US merchants have begun preparing for the worst. Shaun Bishop, CEO of California-based wine merchant JJ Buckley, said 'We have temporarily drastically decreased our European wine purchases, as we fear a potential increase in import tariffs. The supply chain takes months to get wine into the US so we do not want to risk getting stuck paying new, unknown tariffs.'