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IMF | Trade as a Tool for an Efficient Recovery

As economies now look for paths to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, new evidence reaffirms that policies for more open and trade-integrated economies could significantly benefit domestic competition and ultimately may help lower costs for consumers in emerging and developing economies. A recent Working Paper, building on the Regional Economic Outlook chapter on competition, competitiveness and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, examines the effect of trade liberalization using a large firm-level dataset covering about 400,000 firms in 83 emerging and developing economies from 2000...
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EU Commission adopts proposal to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

The European Commission today published a proposal for a Council and European Parliament regulation to scrap duties on certain imports to the EU. In return, the United States will reduce its duties on certain EU exports to the U.S. market. This will put into effect the agreement announced by the EU and the U.S. on 21 August 2020. These tariff reductions between the EU and the U.S. will increase access to both EU and U.S. markets by around €200 million per...
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GDLSK | US-EU Trade Update

US and EU Agree to Reduce Tariffs on Certain Products and the EU Asks the US to Withdraw Tariffs in Connection with the Large Civil Aircraft Dispute. On August 21, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Joint Statement with the European Union Trade Commission to announce the first tariff reductions between the US and EU in over 20 years. The tariff reductions will be retroactive to August 1, 2020.  The US will reduce tariff rates by...
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Joint Statement of the United States and the European Union on a Tariff Agreement

21 August 2020| Brussels United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan today announced agreement on a package of tariff reductions that will increase market access for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. and EU exports. These tariff reductions are the first U.S.-EU negotiated reductions in duties in more than two decades. Under the agreement, the EU will eliminate tariffs on imports of U.S. live and frozen lobster products. U.S. exports of these products to...
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GDLSK | USTR Revises List of EU Goods Subject to Large Aircraft SEC. 301 Retaliatory Tariffs

On August 12, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued the modified list (Annex 2, section 2) of European Union (“E.U.”) goods subject to Sec. 301 retaliatory tariffs in connection with the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) case against E.U. large aircraft subsidies. While approximately 24,000 comments were filed in response to the USTR’s request for comment regarding changes to the list, only minor changes were implemented. The USTR removed certain products from Greece and the United Kingdom and added an...
Member News, Trade & TTIP Related

GDLSK | Additional 25% Section 301 Duties on French Handbags and Cosmetics in Retaliation for Digital Services Tax

On July 10, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced an additional 25% Section 301 duties on various handbag and cosmetic products from France effective January 6, 2021. These retaliatory duties will be imposed in response to France’s planned Digital Services Tax (“DST”), which the USTR determined is discriminatory and unreasonably burdens U.S. technology companies. Implementation of the additional duties will be delayed for 180 days to allow for further negotiations between the two countries that may resolve this...
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GDLSK: Possible additional retaliatory tariffs on products from the European Union in connection with the U.S. enforcement of WTO rights in large civil aircraft dispute

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) is considering a modification to the list of products from the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) subject to Section 301 tariffs and an increase of the additional duties up to 100%. The tariffs were initially imposed on October 18, 2019 in response to a World Trade Organization (“WTO”) ruling that the U.S. may levy up to $7.5 billion annually in countermeasures for EU subsidies provided to aircraft manufacturer...
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Extracts from Commissioner Phil Hogan’s remarks at European-American Chamber of Commerce event on Transatlantic Leadership Post-Covid

From EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan | Introduction I spent the lockdown at the heart of the EU, where all the action is. I worked every day in Brussels, to keep the bays moving. Right now everyone, be it companies or otherwise is evaluating his or her Trade Policy. It will not be business as usual. Major changes are taking place. Fundamentally, every company will have to look at their mission statements to adapt to the reality ahead. For the...