Tariff wars could derail Virginia distillery's overseas expansion plans


    Tariff wars could derail Virginia distillery's overseas expansion plans. (WJLA)

    As potential trade wars heat up between the United States and other countries, a Northern Virginia distillery is in the middle of a big money, long-term business gamble.

    President Trump’s tough talk on tariffs is threatening the Catoctin Creek Distilling Company’s five-year, $100,000 plan to start exporting to Italy, Germany, Holland, and the UK.

    Distilling whiskey takes time. And so does positioning a small business for a big, overseas expansion.

    “These are solid, good American manufacturing jobs and these are being impacted,” says Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville.

    Right now, the price of his most popular bottle is $45 overseas. But if the tariff turmoil continues, that price could jump to $56 per bottle.

    “Right now, we are not planning any layoffs, however that means we are not going to grow and maybe some of the jobs we were going to pick up this year may not come.”

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