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USA asks for new duties: pasta, cheese, olives and more

The WTO will screen the Trump proposal on August 5

There is a battle between Boeing and Airbus at the center of the trade warfare carried out by the Trump administration against the European Union. The subsidies to the two Airbus A-380 and A-350 planes, which Washington believes the EU has not eliminated and for which it has turned to the World Trade Organization (WTO), are being targeted. The latest US proposal, which will be subject to comments next August 5, is designed to "enforce US rights in the dispute against the European Union and some EU member States regarding subsidies on large aircraft for civilian use", according to a note issued from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The new duties would be worth 4 billion -and they are added to a list already published in April worth 21 billion dollars-, and would affect a wide range of European articles. Last night USTR published a detailed list of 89 categories of products to which additional duties could be imposed: from pasta to olives through Italian type cheeses from cow's milk (Parmigiano Reggiano, Provolone, Grana Padano), cherries, coffee, Irish whiskey. Products of pork, pears, peaches, Dutch and French cheeses.

If the WTO agreed with Trump, the duties would concern products arriving on American territory coming from France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, and generally from European countries where Airbus has facilities and interests.

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