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May 30, 2022 View:

Aragonese wines unaffected by US tariffs in the past year

So far, the United States has maintained its policy of imposing additional tariffs on Spanish wines. The wine industry is unhappy with this decision by President Trump, but in the past year it has not been a factor that has seriously harmed Aragón (Aragn) wines.

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Jos Ignacio Gracia, Secretary of the Regulatory Board of the D.O. Campo de Borja, said: The tariff only affects wines with an alcohol content of less than 14 degrees, and the most important wines of the D.O. Campo de Borja are above 14 degrees, so they will not be affected by the tariff policy, only a small amount of pink wines or some white wines (which are rarely exported) are in the Only a small amount of pink wines or some white wines (rarely exported) are covered by the tariff increase, but red wines receive almost no impact. Last year, Borja Fields sold 20 million bottles and exported more than 70% of its volume to the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Germany.

In the D.O. Calatayud appellation, over 80% of the wines are exported to more than 50 countries/regions worldwide, with the United States and Europe being the main markets, and they are currently opening up the Asian market and planning to enter Russia. The wines exported to the United States have an alcohol content between 14.5 and 15 degrees and are therefore outside the defined parameters.

In addition, the D.O. Somontano appellation (D.O. Somontano) sold 15.75 million bottles of wine in 2019, and its exports to the U.S. accounted for only 4.96% of total exports to countries other than the EU. The appellation exports 20% of its wines to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, China, Russia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other countries. Therefore, they only need to reallocate the products affected by the U.S. tariffs to other markets.

The President of the Regulatory Board of the D.O. Cariena appellation stressed that in this political battle between the EU and the United States, it is always the agri-food sector that pays the price, even if it does not have a serious impact on Cariena, but the tariff policy imposes an invisible burden on the entire wine industry. The appellation"s 2019 sales are 41 million bottles, 65% of which are sold to 55 countries/regions.