Background

The U.S. has suspended for four months its additional tariffs on goods imported from the European Union and the United Kingdom that were imposed in a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute. The suspension of tariffs on UK goods took effect March 4, following London’s suspension of its tariffs on U.S. goods as of Jan. 1. The suspension of tariffs on EU goods, along with the EU’s suspension of its tariffs on U.S. goods, will become effective as soon as internal procedures on both sides are completed. 

EU and UK products for which U.S. tariffs are being suspended include, among many others: cheese, oranges, mandarins, clementines, and lemons from the EU or the UK; new aircraft from France, Germany, Spain, and the UK; single-malt Irish and Scotch whiskies from the UK; sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, performance outerwear, suits, pajamas, swimwear, blankets, and bed linen from the UK; axes, tweezers, pliers, metal cutting shears, pipe cutters, screwdrivers, knives, hand tools, and welding equipment from Germany;  printed books, lithographs, and pictures from Germany or the UK; self-propelled machinery from Germany or the UK; and olives and wine from France, Germany, Spain, or the UK.

In announcing the suspensions USTR said they will allow time to negotiate a settlement to the aircraft subsidy dispute that includes “disciplines on future support in this sector, outstanding support measures, monitoring and enforcement, and addressing the trade distortive practices of and challenges posed by new entrants to the sector from non-market economies, such as China.”

For more information on these tariffs and how to mitigate their impact, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson (at (202) 730-4956 or via email) or attorney Kristen Smith (at (202) 730-4965 or via email).

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