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Tariff Statement

Here's our letter to US trade representative Robert Lighthizer in response to the proposed tariff on imported wine: 

MacArthur Beverages has been a family owned business since 1959.

What sets us apart from big box stores and other retailers is our ability to direct import European wines. Addy Bassin was among the first in the United States to offer Bordeaux futures and we have long standing relationships with French wine growers and Negociants. 

If the proposed 100% tariffs are enacted I do not think MacArthur Beverages will be able to exist in its current form. We employ 26 people and the majority of our sales exist from European wine. A large percentage of our sales are direct imports. These high-quality wines help us thrive in an extremely competitive market. When the imported cost of a typical Cotes du Rhone increases from $15 to $30 our customers will no longer buy such a wine. I do not believe we can make up this loss of sales by selling more US or South American wine. Everyone sells these types of wines and our competitive advantage of selling fine European wine will disappear. 

I feel these tariffs will hurt US businesses like ours far more than French suppliers who will take their business to other markets such as China. Small importers will cease to exist. Many of these are local companies who employ dozens of people. Further this high tariff will result in a large loss of revenue for DC and Federal government as well 

It is unfair to sacrifice imported wines—and the lives of the people who bring them to our tables—as a bargaining chip in disputes having nothing to do with them. If tariffs are needed, they should be put on the products and services in dispute.

Sincerely,
Phillip Bernstein
General Manager
MacArthur Beverages