The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Dec. 12 published a Federal Register notice proposing tariffs of up to 100% for an expanded list of goods from the European Union, coming after a favorable World Trade Organization ruling earlier this month over alleged EU subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE.
The agency is seeking comment on whether to raise existing tariffs on EU goods up to 100% as well as add items that were previously excluded by the White House, which would also receive import duties of up to 100% if included. The U.S. currently imposes a 10% tax on large civil aircraft and 25% on agricultural goods from the EU, effective since Oct. 18.
The USTR's Federal Register notice proposes tariffs of up to 100% for Irish and Scotch whiskies, French cheese and Cognac, Spanish olive oil, German knives and Portuguese fish fillets, according to a CNBC report.
Washington had recently secured another legal victory in its long-running dispute with the EU over aircraft subsidies, after the World Trade Organization on Dec. 2 released a panel report saying the EU had failed to comply with previous WTO recommendations and rulings that it should withdraw government subsidies provided to A380 and A350 XWB airplanes built by Airbus.
U.S. officials had said after the WTO ruling that they will review the possibility of raising the tariffs imposed in October on $7.5 billion worth of EU goods, as well as expanding the list of targeted products. Meanwhile, the EU said they will respond to U.S. tariffs with their own retaliatory import duties.