Arizonians who love a good glass of wine and a slice of cheese from France will have to pay more for such products.
The Trump administration placed tariffs on French wine, cheese and other products in response to France taxing American tech companies.
And similar to the trade dispute with China, consumers and small businesses will be the ones to bear the brunt, according to trade experts and Arizona business owners.
One Phoenix business owner fears he and others like him will suffer from the tariffs.
“The liquor business is a multi-tier type of system and it’s extremely complicated, so you’re hurting multiple types of businesses, whether it’s stores like mine or distributors or importers,” Joel LaTondress told the website AZBigMedia. “It just seems kind of petty.”
France imposed a three percent digital services tax on business conducted in the country by U.S. tech companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon. Last month, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative formally proposed tariffs of up to 100 percent on French imports, including but not limited to wine, soap and handbags.
President Donald Trump said the tax was discriminatory and “particularly burdensome” for U.S. companies.
The proposal is currently receiving public input, but once implemented, American consumers and businesses will pay more for more than 60 French products.