Additional retaliatory tariffs on certain US-originating products

Additional retaliatory tariffs on certain US-originating products

Additional retaliatory tariffs on certain US-originating products

On 6 April 2020, the European Commission published the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/502 on certain commercial policy measures relating to certain products from the United States of America (US).

On 24 January 2020, the US adopted safeguard measures that cause a tariff increase in relation to imports of certain derivative aluminium and certain derivative steel products. These measures came into effect on 8 February 2020 with unlimited duration and can have a negative economic impact on the sectors concerned within the EU. The European Commission has given notice to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Council for Trade in Goods of its intention to suspend the obligation of equivalence under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on certain US goods. If the Council does not disapprove, the implementation of the measure will be applied in two stages:

  • First stage: from 8 May 2020 additional ad valorem duties of 7 or 20 percent will apply on the import of the following US products with CN code:

9613 80 00 – Other lighters = 20%

3926 30 00- Fittings for furniture, coachwork or the like = 7%

  • Second phase: an additional 4.4% ad valorem duty on the importation of certain US products. The EU Commission intends to apply this additional duty from 8 February 2023 or the fifth day following the date of adoption by or the notification to the Body of the WTO Dispute Settlement of a ruling that the US safeguard measures are incompatible with the relevant provisions of the WTO agreement. These are the US products with CN code:

9504 40 00 – Playing cards = 4.4%

This measure will remain in force until the US withdraws its safeguard measures towards certain goods of EU origin.

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You can read the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/502 here.

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