Urgent Notice—Posted: August 8, 2019


The Oldways Cheese Coalition has prepared these answers in response to questions we are getting about the tariffs currently being proposed by the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR). These tariffs are misdirected and will negatively impact small businesses in the United States and American consumers, in retaliation for matters relating to civil aviation, not agriculture.


What are the trade tariffs?

The US and the EU are currently in a trade dispute on matters of civil aviation. The US is accusing some EU countries of illegally giving tax breaks and incentives to the airplane company AirBus. In retaliation, the US is proposing extra tariffs for European products, including cheese, olives, liquors, and many other food items. See the list of products that have been targeted.

Will the trade tariffs affect cheese?

The proposed tariffs may cause imported cheese prices to DOUBLE. 90% of imported cheeses are targeted. 

What is the OCC doing in response to the tariffs?

The OCC submitted comments to the USTR before a hearing that was held on August 5, 2019.

We alerted our members and followers to submit their comments to the USTR.

What should you do?

You can submit comments to the Federal Register’s website (search for: USTR–2019–0003). Comments must be submitted by August 12, 2019.

You can submit a brief comment, or attach a pdf or Word file to your submission. You will be required to provide your name and address.

If you need help getting your message started, please see this sample template (.docx) we prepared.