***LAST DAY FOR FRENCH SPARKLING WINE PUBLIC COMMENTS IN DST DISPUTE***

Please take a minute today to submit a comment to the US Trade Representative regarding the 100% tariffs which they are threatening to apply to sparkling wines from France. France has enacted a 3% tax on all large digital companies. This tax will affect 30 American companies including Amazon, Google, and Facebook. In retaliation, the US government is planning to put a 100% tariff (!!!) based on the value of on a wide range of products imported from France that have NOTHING to do with this dispute. Among them are French sparkling wines, champagnes, and cheeses. The complex supply chain for these products creates thousands of American jobs, including port workers, truckers, warehouse workers, importers, distributors, retailers, and restaurants. An estimated 17,000 American jobs will be lost if this tariff is enacted.

 I am personally on a train on my way to Washington DC to testify in a hearing against these tariffs tomorrow. Today is the last day to submit public comments against these unfair tariffs.

Please take just one minute of your day and click here to voice your opposition:

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USTR-2019-0009-0038

Feel free to copy and paste the below text. Thank you in advance!!!

Michelle DeFeo

President, Laurent-Perrier US, and Certified Sommelier

I am writing to ask you to consider removing HTS code 2204.10.00 from the USTR section 301 dispute involving France’s DST.

French sparkling wines imported into the US represent $2 billion in value to the US economy. Over two-thirds of this amount is generated by American companies who employ thousands of people along the imported wine supply chain, including port workers, truckers, warehouse workers, importers, distributors, retailers, and restaurants.

The highly competitive and fragmented nature of this business means lots of jobs, but small margins. The current tariff on this category is under 15 cents per bottle – but the proposed tariffs will mean an average of $26.70 per bottle. French producers – the people you are trying to hurt with these tariffs – will not be able to absorb this huge increase. It will need to be passed on to American companies and consumers, resulting in an unfair tax. If prices rise by these amounts, demand will decrease, and along with lost sales will come lost jobs in every state in the country.

Please remove this category from this dispute, as well as from the corresponding Airbus dispute. It punishes Americans consumers and small businesses disproportionately, and will not help achieve your desired results.

Thank you for your consideration.

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