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Public Hearing on Additional Products for Proposed Tariff Countermeasures in Response to Harm Caused by EU Aircraft Subsidies

08/02/2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will hold a public hearing from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST on August 5, 2019 regarding proposed action to enforce U.S. rights in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against harmful subsidies to large civil aircraft by the European Union (EU) or certain EU member States.

The hearing will take place in the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

In April, the USTR began its process under Section 301 of Trade Act of 1974 to identify products of the EU to which additional duties may be applied until the EU removes those subsidies. The USTR and the Section 301 Committee invited comments from the public and received testimony from more than 40 witnesses at a public hearing on May 15-16 on proposed tariffs on products of the EU or certain member States.

In July, the Section 301 Committee invited comments on a supplemental list of products of the EU or EU member states that could potentially be subject to additional duties. The Federal Register notice publishing the proposed supplemental list of products of the EU or certain member States to which additional duties may be applied can be viewed here.

The WTO has found repeatedly that EU subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States. USTR estimates the EU subsidies cause approximately $11 billion of harm in trade to the United States per year. The amount of countermeasures the United States is authorized to impose is currently subject to arbitration at the WTO, the result of which is expected to be issued this year. 

Click here to view the witness list.

NOTE: Media and attendees should note that the hearing is on the record but off-camera, meaning no cameras or video recording will be allowed in the hearing room. A full transcript of the hearing will be posted on USTR.gov. Please contact media@ustr.eop.gov with questions or for more information on media arrangements.

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