U.S. assessment of $ 3.1 billion in customs duties on France, Germany, Spain, the united KINGDOM


The German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a bilateral meeting in Biarritz, in the south-west of France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual Summit of the G7.NICHOLAS KAMM | AFP | Getty Images

The united States is studying the possibility of slapping 3.1 billion dollars in additional tariffs on goods from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain — in the next stage, which is likely to exacerbate tensions between the two sides of the Atlantic.In a document released Tuesday evening, which was first reported by Bloomberg, the Office of the u.s. Trade Representative has said that it is considering a “list” of products from France, Germany, Spain and the united kingdom to be placed with the functions of up to 100%.

The goods considered are olives, coffee, chocolate, beer, gin, trucks and machinery.

The potential of the application of the new tariff has been opened to public comment Tuesday, and it is expected to last until 26 July. The change is part of a greater reaction on the part of the united States relating to a long-standing dispute with the European Union over subsidies to large civil aircraft manufacturers.

The World Trade Organization ruled in October that Germany, France, Spain and the united kingdom has given illegal subsidies to planemaker Airbus and has allowed the UNITED states to impose $ 7.5 billion in obligations of result. In addition, the WTO ruled in December that the European Union had not yet finished these illegal subsidies, giving the UNITED states more room to impose new levies on European products.

The European Commission and the government of the united kingdom were not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC on Wednesday.


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