On October 2, 2019, the U.S. announced that it would impose additional tariffs of 25 percent on more than 150 products imported from European Union countries, as well as levy an additional tariff on new aircraft from France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The original tariffs were effective October 18, 2019. 

The U.S. has modified the tariffs several times:

  • New! In December 2020, effective January 12, 2021.
  • On August 12, 2020, effective September 1, 2020. 
  • In February 2020, effective March 5, 2020. Also, the tariff on new aircraft from France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom was increased to 15 percent beginning March 18, 2020. It was previously 10 percent.

On October 13, 2020 the WTO ruled that the EU may impose retaliatory measures against up to $3.99 billion worth of US goods. The EU announced that effective November 10, 2020, they would impose higher tariffs on $4 billion worth of products from the U.S.

These tariffs come after a World Trade Organization arbitrator determined that the U.S. may impose up to $7.5 billion annually in countermeasures against the EU due to its failure to fully comply with a previous WTO ruling against subsidies it provided to aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

U.S. Product Lists

EU Product List

Official Documents


Importers with tariffed goods due to this dispute should consider taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the tariff increase. 

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