Section 301 Tariffs Might Extend Beyond China to the EU

Contact: Jon P. Yormick, Phillips Lytle
Posted May 1, 2019

On April 12, 2019, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice, Initiation of Investigation; Notice of Hearing and Request for Public Comments: Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute.1

The investigation could lead to the U.S. imposing tariffs on new, non-military helicopters, fuselages, undercarriages and civil aircraft parts from France, Germany, Spain and the UK, as well as a broad range of consumer goods from the European Union (EU), under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.2 Over the past year, attention to Section 301 tariffs has focused on 25 percent and 10 percent rates imposed on goods of Chinese-origin in response to USTR’s 2018 findings on China’s acts, policies and practices relating to technology transfers and intellectual property.3

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