Last Call: Canada Lifts Tariff on U.S. Aluminum Cans; Climate Change Effects on Beer Refuted

23 Oct 2018

Canada Ends Tariff On U.S.-Made Aluminum Cans

In response to a shortage of aluminum cans, the Canadian government has lifted a 10 percent tariff on U.S.-made aluminum cans, according to Reuters.

Luke Harford, president of trade group Beer Canada, told the outlet that Canadian brewers had faced a shortage of 16 oz. cans, which are only available from U.S.-based suppliers. That forced some companies to halt production for weeks, or delay product launches.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum remains in effect.

Brewers and Farmers Refute Barley Shortage Fears

A recent paper published by 10 international scientists in the Nature Plants journal suggested a barley shortage caused by climate change could cause beer prices to double. The report said heat waves and droughts could lead to barley yield declines of as much as 17 percent while beer production could drop 16 percent.

However, Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson told NPRthat the “study isn’t a great indicator of what is going to happen in the real world” and the study overstates the effects on the beer industry.

Dwight Little, president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, added that climate change is likely to occur slowly, which will give farmers time to adapt and change their planting schedules.

You can read the study here, and dive into Watson’s analysis here.