Jan 2020
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The price of European wines may never be the same

After a long hard day of work, it isn’t uncommon for people over the age of 21 to enjoy a nice glass of wine. Although there is a wide variety of wines based around the kind of grapes used and price, Americans still manage to find a wine that fits them. 

Wine being consumed by Americans will see an increase in price due to tariffs being imposed by President Donald J Trump. 

The United States has imposed a 25% tax on European wines which was put into effect after winning approval from the World Trade Organization to retaliate in the dispute over subsidies to planemaker Airbus. 

The United States imports $2.07 billion in wine from Italy, 17% more than in 2014. The United States is drinking more wine than ever before, though beer sales are still higher wine is coming in at a close second. Those who now enjoy drinking wine over beer will either have to find a new spirit or come to terms with the doubling prices. Some bottles would even become too expensive to import. 

Many people still don't understand why the dispute over an aircraft is resulting in taxing wine; the two are separate entities. Many speculate that the President may be using this taxation to his own advantage as it was discovered he owns a vineyard in Virginia. The President claimed that people could substitute their foreign wines with homegrown bottles. 

These tariffs will leave 34% of drinkers who prefer wine very unhappy.

But what about American farmers in the United States?

What the President doesn’t realize is the tariffs are also affecting American business life. 
California winegrowers spoke out about the tariffs claiming how they feel it will only cause retaliation and be unsuccessful when persuading the public to buy Californian wine. Consumers also have other options when it comes to wine. 

Taxes have not been imposed on wine coming from South America or New Zealand which could take revenue away from American made wine. 

Thousands of people have opposed the move in written comments to the US Trade Representative, which handles the decision and was accepting submissions until January 13. 

Many importers try to bring it to the Presidents attention that these tariffs will have a huge impact on small businesses, American workers, and consumers. 

The wine industry and businessmen all over Europe and the United States have their fingers crossed the tariffs won’t be passed. The faith of the wine industry is uncertain.

Dec 2019
  • BY: italiancpafirms
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Trump puts tariffs on Italian products

In the last month the Trump Administration has implemented tariffs on goods being imported from the European Union (EU).  

A tariff is a tax placed only on internationally traded goods. The taxes are to be paid by the country whose good is being imported. The Administration placed a 10% tariff on aircraft imported from the European Union and 25% duty on agricultural and other products being imported.  7.5 million dollars of tariffs were imposed on a variety of goods being imported.

For Italy, the United States is their most important (non-european) trade partner with two-way trade totaling 77.875 billion dollars in 2018. The main good exported from Italy are automobiles.  Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, and Maserati are a few of the well known car companies manufacturing cars in Italy. 

But why are these tariffs being implemented?

The implementation of these tariffs are a result of the World Trade Organization, allowing the United States to recuperate damages from the European Union unfair subsidies to the aircraft maker Airbus. Airbus is a european aircraft company based in Britain, Germany, and France. The Italian government finds it unfair that goods being exported from Italy are being subject to tax when they were not involved in the production of the airbus.

The WTO ( World Trade Organization) has recently found that Airbus and its rival Boeing have received billions of dollars in subsidies. So, how is this fair to the Italian government?

What's Italy’s Response to the Tariffs?

During the visit of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella to the White House on October 18th, he asked United States President Donald Trump to ease up on the tariffs being placed on Italian exports. Trump responded to this request by saying that maybe the United States government was a bit harsh on the Italian government, and that was not their intent.  

The president said he valued the partnership the United States has with Italy, and he will look into the tariffs being placed on Italian products.

Will these tariffs cause the United States and Italy to lose their close relationship?   


Nov 2019
  • BY: italiancpafirms
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5 Steps to follow for your company’s internationalization

Deciding to go international with your business is probably as complex as starting a new one. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration and consulting an expert in this field is crucial, anyway we would suggest 5 tips to make it as simple as possible.

Let’s see them:

1) Planning and resources are the starting point

Given the complexity of the project, relying on a consultancy firm specialized in internationalization and export is undoubtedly the most effective way to gather information on the foreign markets or countries we are interested in. Drawing up a budget plan and assess any changes in the products or services to best adapt them to the new foreign demand would be the next steps.

Once the export plan is ready, going through a self-assessment check-up is crucial to have a clear picture of all the resources (human, financial, organizational, etc.) the company can rely on and, based on that, define what your goals are.

2) Know the market and exploit their competitive advantages

There is no single market demand, and each country is different from another, therefore it is vital to know what the strengths of your (potential) customers are and what the weaknesses of your competitors. Also, do not forget to analyze politics, economy, culture, customs duties and taxation. Not only a consulting firm could do this for you, but it might also draw a competitiveness ranking chart for each country you are willing to approach to have a better understanding of which would be the most potentially profitable for your business.

3) The company’s re-organization and the cultural and regulatory differences are next

The company needs to be reorganized to approach all the international markets and foreign countries in the best way possible. Having a specific internal team dedicated to exports becomes vital. If the company cannot rely on a solid exports experience, again, a consulting firm can support and assist you at any time.

Being able to rely on such specific skills is also important to address all the cultural differences that might make a negotiation become successful or total failure. At the same time, a deep knowledge of all the legal and contractual aspects is the only possible way to avoid undesired waste of money.

4) Payment methods and infrastructural barriers

Remember to choose the most effective means of payment and the most reliable banks as the risk of unpaid services can become extremely high in some countries. Define all of your payment conditions as exhaustively as possible and apply them with no exception.

Communication, infrastructure, and logistics can be a great opportunity or mark a huge distance between the seller and the buyer. It is always a great practice to analyze them in depth and make sure they become a strong point for the company rather than a weakness.

5) Is the documentation in order?

Doing business abroad can generate an amount of documents you need to be prepared to manage. Collecting and filing all the legal and commercial documentation is essential. Communication and correspondence between the different departments of the headquarters and the foreign office also need to re-arranged.

Remember that (fortunately) you are not alone.

We are aware that a plan of this kind is a very complex operation, but this should not be a good reason to give up on your plans. Doing everything by yourself is merely impossible. Contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Taken from: Il Sole 24 Ore (Michela Finizio)


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