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Tariffs on Imports from EU Slightly Modified

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced revisions to the list of imports from the European Union which are subject to the additional 25% Section 301 tariffs.  The modifications to the products listed below will take effect for any product entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 1, 2020.

 

Modification HTSUS # Product Description Country of Origin
Remove 0406.90.99 Cheeses and substitutes for cheese (including mixtures), not elsewhere specified or included, without cow’s milk, with butterfat over 0.5 percent by weight, not subject to General Note 15 Greece
Remove 1905.31.00 Sweet biscuits United Kingdom
Add 2007.99.05 Lingonberry and raspberry jams France and Germany
Add 2007.99.10 Strawberry jam France and Germany
Add 2007.99.15 Currant and other berry jams France and Germany
Add 2007.99.20 Apricot jam France and Germany
Add 2007.99.25 Cherry jam France and Germany
Add 2007.99.35 Peach jam France and Germany
Add 2007.99.60 Strawberry pastes and purees, being cooked preparations France and Germany

Click here to view the revised list of goods subject to the Section 301 duties.

 

About the Section 301 Tariffs

The U.S. imposed the Section 301 tariffs of 25% on more than 150 goods from certain EU countries and 10% on new aircraft from France, Germany, Spain and the UK on October 18, 2019 in response to a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute.  The tariff action followed a ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the U.S. could impose up to $7.5 billion annually in countermeasures against certain EU countries after determining that they provided illegal subsidies to the European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus.

The EU recently called for the U.S. to lift its tariff action after claiming that it had complied with the WTO ruling.  The USTR rejected the EU’s claim, stating “The EU has not taken any action on six of the launch aid measures found in the WTO compliance proceedings to continue to be WTO-inconsistent…  Furthermore, although the European Commission recently announced amendments to French and Spanish Airbus A350 XWB launch aid contracts, these actions do not implement the DSB’s recommendations by withdrawing the subsidies received by Airbus.”

However, the USTR said it would “begin a new process with the EU in an effort to reach an agreement that will remedy the conduct that harmed the U.S. aviation industry and workers and will ensure a level playing field for U.S. companies.”