The Australian Tea Association has labelled the US administration’s decision to impose a 10 per cent tariff on Australian tea as “disappointing”, saying the move could damage the industry’s global reputation.

In a statement to the ABC, the association’s CEO John Wilsher said the US government’s move was “inhumane” and could be a “disaster” for Australian tea suppliers.

“This action will have a negative impact on the industry, negatively impacting its ability to attract new investors and customers and reducing the market for our products,” Mr Wilshear said.

Aussie Tea Association president John Walsher told the ABC he had not spoken with Mr Trump about the tariffs, but said the president had “put in a number of demands that were not in our best interests”. “

We urge the US Treasury Department to immediately withdraw this tariff and work with Australian tea producers to develop an alternative trade deal.”

Aussie Tea Association president John Walsher told the ABC he had not spoken with Mr Trump about the tariffs, but said the president had “put in a number of demands that were not in our best interests”.

“The Trump administration has been very vocal in their demands that we do not get tariff reductions in any way shape or form,” Mr Stilsher told ABC Radio National.

“If you have a tariff that’s on the order of a 10-20 per cent reduction on Australian exports, that’s going to have an impact on tea growing in the US.”

What I do understand is the Trump administration, like many, is frustrated that they are having to negotiate with the US Government on a trade deal, so they have decided to just ignore those demands.

“This is a very, very small fraction of the trade volume between the US and Australia.”

Mr Stilesh said the tariffs were likely to be a major issue for tea producers in the U.S. if they went ahead with plans to expand their production capacity.

“Our industry is in a bit of a tough spot, but we are hoping that we can pull through,” he said.