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A group of 13 US senators have asked the Office of the United States Trade Representative to lift 25% tariffs imposed on food and alcoholic beverages from the EU, Reuters reported, citing a document leaked to the agency.

Seven Republican and six Democratic senators, including Robert Menendez, John Barrasso, Cory Gardner, Susan Collins, Dianne Feinstein, Pat Toomey, Kyrsten Sinema and Cory Booker, noted in their letter that American “restaurants, retailers, grocers, importers and distributors” are experiencing “severe economic hardship due to the increased cost of goods.”

In the letter, politicians note that the demand for these products has decreased, as a result of which importers and distributors have received goods from a month ago, many of which are perishable, in warehouses and en route in the United States.

Last year the United States introduced tariffs on European goods for up to EUR 7.5 billion.

The tariffs, in retaliation for EU subsidies on large aircraft, hit French wine, Italian cheese and single-malt Scotch whisky, as well as cookies, salami, yogurt, olives from France, EU-produced pork sausage and German coffee.

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