The Adventures of Tariffman!

Tariffman!

And as long as we are talking ’bout New Year’s Eve booze and New Year’s Day hangovers, this letter from wine writer Jon Bonné to Amb. Robert Lighthizer lays out the foolishness of the Trade Wars with France and the European Union rather well. As China is now a growth market, the EU wine producers will sell more there, and over here, our wine export  market will be shut out of China’s market and now out of the EU, too.

This will impact a lot of supply chains, too, from warehousing onward, as well as our vintners. It’s a cascade of stupidity and shows us that the Trade Wars are hurting the rest of agriculture, too. It’s not just soy beans, and it is not just factory farms: all of agriculture from wheat and soy to wine and cheese is going to be clobbered.

Here in Seattle one food importer-retailer has a display up of all the things that will be hit, and it was really informative (and highly political) because they also put up domestic products that will be impacted, too.

You can express yourself on the U.S. government website using this comment form before January 13th.

Jon Bonné’s web site is here. He’s a pro.

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17 Responses to The Adventures of Tariffman!

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    I’ve been researching “e bikes” lately, in anticipation of purchasing one, since I can no longer ride even the most low-geared bike anymore, but my love of riding in the outdoors here is still strong. Long story short, I found a site that’s like a clearinghouse for several manufacturers worldwide, and I was gobsmacked when every single model I was interested in was “unavailable to ship to US.” Why? Well, when I found an English-speaking rep to chat with, it turns out that these companies decided not to add a 50% surcharge – yes! 50%! – to the price of their bikes, due to Tariffman’s “easy-to-win” Trade Wars. It would have driven the cost of a $1,000 bike up to $1,500, and they just couldn’t bring themselves to do so. (The actual tariff was between 25% and 35%, but there is all kinds of extra paperwork involved, which we all know costs man-hours to produce, which is why the surcharge is so high.

    Thanks a bunch, Tariffman

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    • Brooks Cohoe says:

      Look to bike stores that have them already in stock. My friend in Seattle just bought one for herself for the very sames reasons you site.

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      • tengrain says:

        Brooks –

        Where did your friend go?

        I recently saw that Electric Lady was gone, and that was the only place I knew that had electric bikes.

        Rgds,

        TG

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      • Dennis Cole says:

        I have looked, and the selection is quite small, while the prices are sky-high. Most bikes I’ve looked at online ship for free, although I would have to pay for return shipping if I want to send it back.

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      • tengrain says:

        Two of my friends here have them, and when I checked it out they were north of $2k Ameros. I’m sure the price will come down (someday) but until then, I think I’m walking.

        Rgds,

        TG

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    Can we be “Great Again” yet, and be done with all this?
    w3ski

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  3. Diane says:

    I would love to see that list the food importer/retailer put up.

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  5. Karla says:

    Guess I’ll stock up on single-malt Scotch this weekend.
    I really really have a hard time saying that I hate anyone. But I do hate Drumpf.

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    • tengrain says:

      I’ll be over to help you unpack when you return from buying the Scotch.

      I long to be helpful.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  6. roket says:

    Why does Donnie Dorko keep poking that sleeping giant with a stick? Woe to the Republic.

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    • Osirisopto says:

      He’s raised taxes on the Walmart crowd and made them think he’s done them a favor.

      Why wouldn’t he?

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  7. catscatscats says:

    Great letter, he’s correct that French wines will not be replaced with American wines. The difference between the two for ME is the excessive amount of ADDED sulfites in American wines, and the entirely different flavor profile. I far, far prefer French wines as they aren’t as sweet and not nearly as allergenic. I stick to imported wines almost exclusively, not because American wines don’t taste good but because they just cannot compare or compete with wines from Europe and South America. I can always tell when I am drinking American wines as I can usually only have one glass before I start sneezing.

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    • emjayay says:

      There are many organic American wines available, and those wines from other countries are not generally organic. So yourself and the earth a favor and try organic American ones.

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