Background

A recent European Union regulation paves the way for additional 25 percent duties to be imposed as early as June 20 on hundreds of U.S. products, including the following. 

  • knit T-shirts and tank tops (any fiber content/gender)
  • men’s and women’s denim trousers
  • men’s and women’s cotton woven shorts
  • men’s synthetic woven industrial and occupational trousers
  • cotton woven bed linen (not printed)
  • footwear with uppers and outer soles of leather, not covering the ankle, other than sports footwear or footwear incorporating a metal toecap or footwear with an upper consisting of a leather strap across the instep and around the big toe 

The EU is threatening to impose these and other duty increases if the U.S. does not permanently exempt the EU from the additional tariffs the U.S. imposed on imports of steel and aluminum as of March 23. A temporary exemption for the EU is slated to expire June 1. The EU has also set forth a second group of products on which duties could be increased by up to 50 percent in March 2021 if the U.S. has not rescinded its steel and aluminum tariffs by then. 

U.S. producers and exporters of the above apparel, bed linen, and footwear items should take steps to prepare for these potential duty increases. Part of a thorough response is an effort to educate members of Congress and the Trump administration on the negative impact the tariffs would have on your company. 

For more information on these and other products covered by the proposed EU tariff increase, please contact Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403, Tom Gould at (213) 453-0897, or Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956.

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J. Nicole Bivens Collinson
President, International Trade & Government Relations
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Elise Shibles
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