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USTR Proposes Tariffs on EU Imports in Response to Harm Caused by EU Aircraft Subsidies

Updated: Aug 17, 2019

USTR Proposes Tariffs on EU Imports
USTR Proposes Tariffs on EU Imports

On April 8, 2019, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a preliminary list of products imported from the EU on which they may impose additional Section 301 tariffs. These proposed tariffs are in response to World Trade Organization’s findings that EU aircraft subsidies are inconsistent with WTO rules and harmful to U.S. interests.

The list of imported items from the EU that may be subject to up to 100% tariffs includes a wide range of products in the aerospace sector as well as consumer goods, including food and beverage, handbags, textiles, and apparel (see list here).

Importers of affected goods have the opportunity to minimize any potential negative affects by working to have their products removed from the final list or by considering alternative sourcing locations. The USTR is inviting the public to provide input on these proposed tariffs, so importers of affected goods should definitely take this opportunity to provide their input that their products should be removed from the final list. Comments on these issues are due by May 28, 2019.

7/3/2019 Update: More Imports Targeted for Potential EU Tariffs of Up to 100%

On July 1, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) a supplemental list of products that could potentially be subject to additional duties in order to enforce U.S. rights in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against the European Union (EU) and certain EU member States regarding EU subsidies on large civil aircraft. The supplemental list of 89 tariff line items covers products such as ham, sausage, cheese, olives, fruits, coffee, pasta, chemicals and copper products. These items may be subject to additional tariffs of up to 100%.

To view the supplemental list as well as the schedule for public hearing and written comments, view the official notice here.

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