US Tariffs Grate on Italy’s Parmesan Cheesemakers

MILAN – U.S. consumers will pay around $5 a kilogram more for Italian Parmesan cheese because of duties announced by Washington on a range of European goods, a cheesemaking consortium said on Thursday, complaining it was set to take an unfair hit in the trade spat.

According to Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano the duties on Parmesan products will go from $2.15 per kilogram to around $6 per kilo, meaning the U.S. consumer will have to pay more than $45 per kilo as of Oct. 18 from around $40 per kilo at present.

Nicola Bertinelli, president of the consortium, said he was dismayed at the move, adding it would unjustly impact one of the strongest sectors of Italy’s economy.

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