Statement from Ambassador Katherine Tai on Continued Suspension of European Union Tariffs on U.S. Goods

December 19, 2023

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today released the following statement after the European Union announced it would extend the suspension on tariffs on U.S. goods. 

“For the past two years, the United States and European Union have been engaged in critically important negotiations. Our goal is to forge a forward-looking arrangement that will allow us to join forces economically to incentivize fair and clean production and trade in the steel and aluminum sectors.
“These are technically complex negotiations and the United States remains committed to our partnership with the EU and to staying at the table to continue the progress we have made so far.
“I am glad the EU has announced that it is taking steps to join us in extending the time for these negotiations and will follow our recommendation by continuing to suspend its tariffs on U.S. products.
“Since we began our negotiations in 2021, two new wars have started and global economic disruptions continue. The spirit of cooperation and partnership forged between President Biden and President von der Leyen is embodied in our efforts to address our shared global challenges. These initiatives include our work to create new trade paradigms that will drive a race to the top and promote resilience, sustainability, and opportunity for workers and industries on both sides of the Atlantic.”