For many years, there have been concerns and complaints about the European Union (EU) and the subsidies that have been alleged to be offered to Airbus by the US Government and some industries in the US.
The US won in arbitration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 2, 2019, regarding the Airbus case.
“For years, Europe has been providing massive subsidies to Airbus that have seriously injured the U.S. aerospace industry and our workers. Finally, after 15 years of litigation, the WTO has confirmed that the United States is entitled to impose countermeasures in response to the EU’s illegal subsidies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said. “Accordingly, the United States will begin applying WTO-approved tariffs on certain EU goods beginning October 18. We expect to enter into negotiations with the European Union aimed at resolving this issue in a way that will benefit American workers.”
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confirmed that European goods that are part of the Airbus action must clear customs before midnight on Oct. 18, in order to avoid an additional 25 percent or 10 percent duty. That means the applicability of the tariffs will be based on the date of entry and not the date of export.
Also, USTR advised there will be no exclusions for importers of these goods, which include French wine, British apparel, European cheeses and butter, and some tools, as well as large Airbus aircraft.
The full list of affected goods can be found here.
RIM logistics, ltd. will continue to monitor the effects of the EU Tariffs and keep you informed as we receive updated information.