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Food and beverage industry urges President Trump not to impose tariffs on cansheet and primary aluminum

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In light of the Commerce Department submitting to the White House the results of its 232 investigation examining the national security impacts of aluminum imports, CEOs from some of America’s leading food and beverage companies and trade associations joined the American Beverage Association, Beer Institute, and Can Manufacturers Institute today in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting that he refrain from imposing tariffs or import restrictions on cansheet, primary aluminum, and scrap. To read a copy of the full letter, click HERE.

The letter notes a 10 percent tariff on aluminum would cost beer and beverage producers $256.3 million, a 20 percent tariff would cost $512.5 million, and a 30 percent tariff would run $768.8 million.

“Imposing an artificial price hike on American companies that employ millions of people will weaken the economy and hurt working families by raising prices, costing jobs and reducing incomes unfairly,” said Susan K. Neely, American Beverage Association President and CEO. “Tariffs on our companies’ imports of primary and cansheet aluminum will greatly increase our manufacturing costs and harm many more workers than it helps.”

“Imports of primary aluminum and cansheet used to manufacture beer cans do not threaten national security,” said Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute President and CEO. “Aluminum is critical to the beer industry and its employees, since more than half of the beer produced annually are packaged in aluminum cans or aluminum bottles. Any trade restriction on primary aluminum or cansheet imports would disrupt the market and increase costs to brewers and beer importers as aluminum customers.”

“The administration should take into consideration the unintended consequence of a trade action against aluminum cansheet and primary aluminum that would ripple across the supply chain. Like most industries, can makers depend on predictability in supply and price. If the aluminum supply is hindered by unnecessary tariffs or trade restrictions, it could lead to supply inefficacies and affect product availability,” said Robert Budway, Can Manufacturers Institute President. “Even a small tariff will result in greater uncertainty about prices, supply, financing and would dramatically curtail investment and hiring in the United States.”

Facts about the economic contribution of the aluminum, beer, and beverage industries:

The importation of aluminum is a critically important to American consumers. The aluminum can industry produces 96 billion food, beverage, and aerosol containers, employing more than 11,000 American

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