Hello, does anyone know why there is a 100% customs tax on imported truffles from Italy??
katherine is absolutely correct.
List of countries subject to 100% tax is: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
This tariff is absolutely unrelated to appelations of origin.
Long story behind, entirely undocumented as far as I know, and not very kosher, if I may say so.
Go to page 89, subheading 9903.02.32
European products that claim some kind of appellation of origin are hit with a 100% tariff. If they want to be known as Perigord truffles from France or Alba truffles from Italy, they have to pay. It's sour grapes on our part. The flip side is that we can't call our blue cheese Roquefort. It's an example of corporate lobbying to affect international trade policy.