The U.S. has increased pressure on Germany and France to impose tariffs on some of their goods, in order to force the EU to resolve the long-standing dispute over Airbus’s illegal subsidies.
the U.S. trade representative’s office said in a statement in Washington on Wednesday that some Greek and British goods would be removed from the tariff list and replaced with French and German goods of equal trade value. The change, which will take effect on September 1, will apply to jams and some kitchen knives in France and Germany, which will be subject to a 25% tariff increase.
“the EU and its member states have not yet taken the necessary measures to comply with WTO decisions,” U.S. trade representative lethizer said in a statement. “But the United States is committed to a long-term solution to the dispute.”
lethizer said that the total amount of EU goods exported to the United States affected by the countermeasures was still US $7.5 billion, and the tariff rate on aircraft remained at 15%, while that on all other products remained at 25%.
Airbus said that aviation and other fields are experiencing unprecedented crisis. Nevertheless, Europe has recently taken action to ensure full compliance and “deeply regrets” the US decision to maintain tariffs.
it said in a statement: “Airbus believes that Europe will take appropriate measures to defend its own interests and the interests of all European enterprises and industries targeted by these tariffs.”