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The suspension of the digital tax is not enough for the French wine industry

Par Vitisphere Le 30 janvier 2020
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The suspension of the digital tax is not enough for the French wine industry
“By the end of 2019, the impact of the taxation could already be estimated at several tens of millions of euros?, announced Louis-Fabrice Latour.
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lthough the risks of American retaliation linked to the taxation of digital services (aka the GAFA tax) have momentarily waned, the French wine industry is far from relieved. Other risks are taking their toll on French exports to the United States, namely past and future American sanctions related to European subsidies for the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. France's competitiveness and market share have already been significantly impacted by the 25% additional duty introduced on October 18, 2019 (on bottled still wines), and new 100% hikes on customs duties could soon be introduced on all types of wine (bulk, sparkling, etc.).

In this tense context, the wine industry as a whole has called on local and national politicians to get the French government involved diplomatically and politically. On 22 January, during a parliamentary hearing of the National Assembly's vine and wine study group, the National Federation of AOC wine and brandy producers (CNAOC) and the Federation of Wines and Spirits Exporters (FEVS) made MPs aware of the practical consequences of these additional duties for every link in the production and marketing chain.

 

 

 

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