The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has made the determination to impose additional duties on products of the European Union (EU) or certain member states. The effective date is dependent on the section of Annex 1 and may be either on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time March 5, 2020 or on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time March 18, 2020. Previously, the USTR imposed additional duties on certain products of the EU and certain EU member States in the Section 301 investigation to enforce U.S. WTO rights in the Large Civil Aircraft (LCA) dispute published in the Federal Register 84 FR 54245. The USTR published a Modification to the LCA dispute in 85 FR 10204 to revise the action being taken by increasing the rate of additional duties on certain LCA, and by modifying the list of other products of certain current and former EU member States subject to additional 25 percent duties.
Key highlights from this action:
- USTR determined to increase duties on certain LCA products originating from France or Germany from 10% to 15%
- The list of products that are subject to the additional 25% has changed, and should be reviewed closely
- On a positive note for importers of certain non aircraft products (such as milk/cream products or liqueur products) from the EU region, the USTR decided not to increase the rate above the current 25%
- This action can be revised upon EU imposition of additional duties on U.S. imported products