U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to work to eliminate Japan's tariff on U.S. grape juice in ongoing trade negotiations with Japan. Currently, Japan levies a 19.1 percent tariff on all imported U.S. grape juice concentrate, which limits the ability of U.S. grape juice producers to compete in that market. Schumer explained that opening up Japan to U.S. grape juice will hopefully increase demand for U.S. grape juice concentrate and in turn the demand for local grapes, which will benefit grape-producing regions in Upstate New York like the Concord Grape Belt in Western New York. Reducing the tariff would increase the international competitiveness of U.S. grape juice concentrate and provide a boost to local growers, said Schumer.