US Imports from the EU may be Subject to Additional Duties following Section 301 Investigation

The United States and European Union have been involved in WTO (World Trade Organisation) dispute regarding subsidies for large civil aircraft since 2004.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) initiated a Section 301 investigation of European Union subsidies to producers of large civil aircraft and has produced a list of EU products that will be subject to additional import duties with effect from 18th October 2019.

Importantly, although the dispute stems from trade practices regarding civil aircraft, the proposed retaliatory duties would cover 326 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings and would affect a wide array of products and industries.

Additional duties proposed by USTR target certain products from all EU member states, including various cheeses, seafood, fruit spreads, wine and brandy, textiles and apparel, optical instruments, certain tools, knives, stone and ceramics, glassware, precious metals, and other raw materials, including alloys and basic metal products.

A subset of proposed items targeting only imports from France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom include civil helicopters, civil passenger and cargo aircraft, and certain parts thereof.

For the full list of affected HTS Codes & Commodities, please see link – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/EU_Large_Civil_Aircraft_Final_Product_List.pdf

For further information regarding this matter, please contact Horizon International