Analysts, investors, and industry participants are concerned about hefty duties on EU brandy shipments to China.
Analysts, investors, and industry participants are concerned about hefty duties on EU brandy shipments to China.

Concerns Mount Over Potential Chinese Tariffs on EU Brandy

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The possibility of high tariffs on EU brandy imports to China has sparked concerns among analysts, investors, and industry players, particularly in the cognac sector.

Threat of Tariffs and Comparison to Australian Wine: 

China’s anti-dumping investigation into EU brandy, akin to the tariffs imposed on Australian wine, has raised fears of significant market disruption. The devastating impact on Australian wine exports is a cautionary tale for the cognac industry.

Major French spirits producers like Pernod Ricard and Remy Cointreau could face challenges if Chinese tariffs are imposed. With the prospect of vast amounts of unsold cognac, companies may resort to discounts to mitigate losses.

Diplomatic Efforts and Industry Response: 

French authorities plan to address the issue during President Xi Jinping’s visit to France, highlighting the importance of resolving the tariff dispute. The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) emphasizes the critical role of tariff negotiations in shaping the industry’s future.

China represents a substantial portion of cognac exports and offers higher profit margins than other markets. However, imposition tariffs could disrupt this lucrative market and pose challenges for French spirits makers.

Financial Impact and Market Reaction: 

Stock prices of major players like Remy and Pernod have declined since the investigation was announced. The uncertainty surrounding potential tariffs has contributed to investor apprehension and market volatility.

The ramifications of Chinese tariffs extend beyond spirits producers to encompass winegrowers, families, and the entire cognac ecosystem in the Cognac region of France. The economic well-being of thousands of individuals is at stake.

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