NBWA Statement on Ending Aluminum Tariff Exemptions for Key Trading Partners | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors


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Press Releases| May 31, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision not to exempt Canada, Mexico and the European Union from tariffs on aluminum and steel:

“By choosing not to exempt America’s key trading partners from the 10 percent aluminum tariff, the Administration is creating a new tax on the American beer industry and its consumers. Let’s be clear, this tariff will hurt brewers, distributors, licensed retailers and beer lovers alike. 

“On behalf of America’s 3,000 independent beer distributors that proudly employ 135,000 hardworking men and women across the country, NBWA stands opposed to these tariffs and the harm they will cause American businesses and consumers.”

Industry leaders including NBWA and members of Congress have previously warned about the negative impact that aluminum and steel tariffs will have on the American beer industry.


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,000 independent beer distributors with operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Licensed at the federal and state levels, beer distributors get bottles, cans, cases and kegs from a brewer or importer to stores, restaurants and other licensed retail accounts through a transparent and accountable regulatory system. Distributors build brands of all sizes -- from familiar domestic beers to new startup labels and imports from around the world – and generate enormous consumer choice while supporting 135,000 quality jobs in their home communities. Beer distributors work locally to keep communities safe by sponsoring programs to promote responsible consumption, combat drunk driving and work to eliminate underage drinking.