On 12 August 2020, the US Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a modified list of EU/UK products that, effective 1 September 2020, will be subject to supplemental tariffs of 15% to 25% pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
The announced modifications not only impact the original list of supplemental tariffs of 10% to 25% that the US began imposing on certain EU/UK products on 18 October 2019 following a World Trade Organization arbitration decision issued in the EU large civil aircraft dispute, but also impose new supplemental tariffs on EU/UK-origin products that were not previously subject to such tariffs. Specifically, the original list targeted new aircraft produced in France, Spain, Germany, and the UK, as well as a wide range of EU-origin products such as wine, cheese, agricultural goods and equipment, textiles, apparel, and certain tools. The modifications remove certain cheeses from Greece and sweet biscuits from the UK and replace them with an equivalent value of jams and processed fruits from France and Germany. The modifications also reset the supplemental tariffs to 15% for civil aircraft and 25% for all other products. The total estimated value of products subject to the supplemental tariffs remains unchanged at US$7.5 billion.
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