In response to a long-running dispute with the EU over aircraft subsidies, the Trump administration has drafted a proposed list of tariffs (pdf) to impose on goods from Europe. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for next month, but fans of fine European swordfish steaks, cotton sweaters, jams, and binoculars take notice—it may be time to stock up before tariffs take effect and your favorite imported razor clams are suddenly very expensive.
And since sometimes it can be hard to plan the perfect day out, why not take geopolitics as inspiration? Here are three itineraries designed to make the most of the items that may soon be affected by the proposed tariffs.
A luxury jaunt
Spirit yourself, and perhaps a special someone, away from it all. Don your best cashmere waistcoat 1, hop on a helicopter 2, and fly to a suitable picnic spot—your pilot will be able to suggest one, whether it’s a private beach or a mountain top. As you enjoy an escargot 3 starter while the private chef you’ve brought along readies the salmon filets 4, pop a bottle of sparkling wine 5. Finish the evening with a British flourish: a snifter of brandy 6 and a nice piece of Stilton 7.
Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, of Kashmir goats, wholly of cashmere (HTS subheading 6110.12.10). The US imported $50.4 million from the EU in 2018.
New helicopters, non-military, of an unladen weight not exceeding 998 kg (HTS subheading 8802.11.0030). The US imported $13.3 million from the EU in 2018.
Products of snails, other than sea snails, containing fish meat; prepared meals of snails other than sea snails. (HTS subheading 1605.58.05). The US imported $50,000 from the EU in 2018.
Salmon fillets, fresh or chilled (HTS subheading 0304.41.00). The US imported $115.6 million from the EU in 2018.
Sparkling wine, made from grapes. (HTS subheading 2204.10.00). The US imported $1.3 billion from the EU in 2018.
Grape brandy, excluding pisco and singani, in containers not over 4 liters, valued over $3.43/liter (HTS subheading 2208.20.40). The US imported $1.5 billion from the EU in 2018.
Stilton cheese, processed, not grated or powdered (HTS subheading 0406.30.05). The US imported $5,000 from the EU in 2016.
A fun family outing
Get the kids out of the house for an artsy nature walk, and don’t forget to bring binoculars 8 to get a closer look at any wildlife you encounter. Choose a beautiful spot to sketch the landscape with fancy European paper 9. Pack a snack of chocolate milk 10, fresh fruit juice 11, and cookies 12 for fortification before you head home.
Binoculars (HTS subheading 9005.10.00). The US imported $39 million from the EU in 2018.
Paper and paperboard for graphic use, coated w/inorganic, n/o 150g/m2, n/o 10% fiber by mechanical/chemi- process, certain size sheets (HTS subheading 4810.14.19). The US imported $94,000 from the EU in 2018.
Chocolate milk drink (HTS subheading 2202.99.10). The US imported $15,000 from the EU in 2018.
Fruit or vegetable juices, fortified with vitamins or minerals, mixtures of juices in non-concentrated form (HTS subheading 2202.99.37). The US imported $79,000 from the EU in 2018.
Sweet biscuits (HTS subheading 1905.31.00). The US imported $298 million from the EU in 2018.