The European Union expanded tariffs on American goods, including several spirits categories, on Nov. 10, 2020. Twenty trade associations, including DISCUS and WSWA, asked the E.U. to abandon the tariff escalation, stating, “Hospitality businesses and our consumers, as well as producers, wholesalers, and importers of distilled spirits, wine, and beer are being slammed from both sides of the Atlantic in an aircraft dispute wholly unrelated to the drinks business.” On Dec. 8, the UK government, which exits the EU on Dec. 31, suspended the recent retaliatory tariffs on U.S. rum, brandy, and vodka. “This is a hopeful sign that a resolution to the debilitating tariffs on U.S. & UK spirits may be in reach. We urge both the U.S. and UK to seek a fresh start to trade relations … which will benefit the struggling hospitality businesses,” a shared association statement said.