The United States has again raised tariffs on products from the EU this week, a move that will take effect on January 12, just days before current President Donald Trump leaves the White House. The sanctions arise in the context of the multi-year dispute between the two economic blocs over state aid to aircraft builders.
The measure was announced this Wednesday by the US Trade Representative’s Office and is based on tariffs previously imposed by the EU, which were themselves a response to the same American action. This exchange of fees arises after both sides dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO) aid to Boeing and Airbus.
The Trump administration had expressed a strong desire to resolve this dispute, as the Financial Times reports, but this stance shows that the matter will test the next president, Joe Biden, who is expected to have a closer relationship with European allies. Biden takes office on January 20.
The tariffs will apply only to French and German products and will include aircraft components, some types of wine, cognac and brandy, in a package presented as covering products worth an estimated US $ 7.5 billion (6.16 thousand euros) millions of euros).
The European Commission has already reacted, saying in a statement on Thursday that it will “work with the new US administration as soon as possible to continue these negotiations and find a lasting solution to this long dispute”.