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World Trade Organization - Airbus and Boeing Trade Disputes - Retaliatory Tariffs

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

USTR announced on May 7, 2020, it notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the United States has fully complied in the proceeding brought by the EU on improper subsidiaries to Boeing as the result of the recent repeal of the disputed tax law by the State of Washington. If the WTO agrees, then the United States asserts the EU would have no right to impose retaliatory tariffs. The Boeing action is significant because one reason delaying negotiations in the Airbus trade dispute is the leverage in negotiations the EU would receive from Boeing retaliatory tariffs. U. S. Trade Representative Ambassador Lighthizer stated “We will continue to press the EU to negotiate a resolution that respects the WTO’s findings” in the Airbus dispute.



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