Pubblicato in: Criminalità Organizzata, Unione Europea

USA – EU. La battaglia del bourbon.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-07-20.

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L’aspetto tragicomico è che l’annuncio sia stato dato da JC Juncker.

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«At the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said that if the US took measures against Germany and China’s steel industries, the EU would “react with counter-measures” in a few days.»

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«The US Congress declared in 1964 that bourbon can only be made in the US, the same way tequila must be made in Mexico and champagne in France.»

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«Bourbon, a mix of water, grains and yeast, has historically been popular in Europe, and US distilleries have recently been looking to grow their export market in Asia and Australia.»

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«In 2016, US spirit exports to the EU were valued at $654m, and 20% of that was from bourbon whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Discus).»

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«Any efforts to impose retaliatory tariffs on US spirits exports to the EU will harm consumers, producers and the US and EU spirits sectors»

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«The EU’s warning came after the US threatened to curb steel imports for national security reasons. EU officials are concerned such a move would trigger protectionist reactions around the world, and the union would likely respond by targeting US agricultural products like bourbon.»

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«Juncker said the EU was prepared to react within days to a protectionist move by the US. “I am telling you this in the hope that all of this won’t be necessary,” Juncker said. “But we are in an elevated battle mood.”»

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Povero Mr Juncker!

Possiamo immaginare la morte che aveva nel cuore nel dare questo triste annuncio.

Nel contempo, si dovrebbe anche sottolineare come, nell’evenienza, il bilancio dell’Unione Europea potrebbe trarre un sospiro di sollievo.


The Guardian. 2017-07-08. US bourbon producers warn of financial damage if EU retaliates against Trump threat

EU threatens ‘counter-measures’ if Trump takes action to protect the US steel industry – and one of the targets could be bourbon whiskey from Kentucky.

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The US bourbon industry has warned that its business and consumers around the world would be harmed if the European Union acts on a retaliatory threat to target American whiskey exports.

At the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said that if the US took measures against Germany and China’s steel industries, the EU would “react with counter-measures” in a few days.

Officials confirmed that one of the targeted products could be bourbon whiskey, 95% of which comes from Kentucky, the home state of US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and a state that voted 62.5% for Trump in last year’s election.

“This is a really important industry to Kentucky, so people will not be happy that this in the air,” Susan Reigler, president of the Bourbon Women Association, told the Guardian.

Bourbon brings in $166m in tax revenue to Kentucky annually, and the industry employs nearly 17,500 people in the state, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA). “It’s not just the people who work in the distilleries, or the bottling plants, but also people like the grain farmers and the truckers who transport it,” said Reigler.

The US Congress declared in 1964 that bourbon can only be made in the US, the same way tequila must be made in Mexico and champagne in France.

Bourbon, a mix of water, grains and yeast, has historically been popular in Europe, and US distilleries have recently been looking to grow their export market in Asia and Australia.

In 2016, US spirit exports to the EU were valued at $654m, and 20% of that was from bourbon whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Discus).

“Any efforts to impose retaliatory tariffs on US spirits exports to the EU will harm consumers, producers and the US and EU spirits sectors,” Discus said in a statement.

The EU’s warning came after the US threatened to curb steel imports for national security reasons. EU officials are concerned such a move would trigger protectionist reactions around the world, and the union would likely respond by targeting US agricultural products like bourbon.

Juncker said the EU was prepared to react within days to a protectionist move by the US. “I am telling you this in the hope that all of this won’t be necessary,” Juncker said. “But we are in an elevated battle mood.”

Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said trade penalties would damage progress in the global bourbon trade.

“Global markets are increasingly important to our signature industry, and we have worked hard over the past decade to open doors, level the playing field and eliminate discriminatory tariffs and policies that would put Kentucky bourbon at a competitive disadvantage,” Gregory said.

“We will continue those efforts to promote, protect and elevate its success around the world.”

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