US proposing more tariffs in ongoing dispute with European Union

US proposing more tariffs in ongoing dispute with European Union

The U.S. is proposing more tariffs on European goods as part of a continuing dispute over aircraft subsidies.

On Monday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office released a list of 89 additional products with a trade value of $4 billion that “could potentially be subject to additional duties.” Items targeted include coffee, cheese, meats, pasta, certain metal products, olives and whiskies. 

The list is in addition to a list released April 12, which had a trade value of $21 billion, the statement said. The additional items were identified during a two-day hearing in May.

The additions to the list are “in order to enforce U.S. rights in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against the European Union (EU) and certain EU member States regarding EU subsidies on large civil aircraft,” the statement said. 

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There will be a public hearing Aug. 5 to discuss the proposal.

“If the U.S. Trade Representative determines to take action in this investigation, a final list of products to be subject to additional duties may be drawn from both this and the April 12 lists,” the trade office said Monday, adding “the final list will take into account the report of the WTO Arbitrator on the appropriate level of countermeasures to be authorized by the WTO.”

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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