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EU and US call a truce on the Boeing-Airbus dispute

On Tuesday 15th June, the EU and the US agreed a five-year truce in the long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute which had resulted in tariffs of up to 25% on exports of key luxury goods.
15th Jun 2021
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Walpole Comment EU and US call a truce on the Boeing-Airbus dispute

On Tuesday 15th June, the EU and the US agreed a five-year truce in the long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute which had resulted in tariffs of up to 25% on exports of key luxury goods. 

The suspension of the tariffs, imposed by the WTO, is a welcome breakthrough as both sides work towards a more permanent solution and follows a four-month suspension agreed by the two sides in March to create a window for negotiations.

In the UK, these tariffs have had a punitive and disproportionate impact on Scottish whiskies, cashmeres, suiting and other important British luxury exports, and Walpole has long argued that British luxury should not be the collateral damage in a trade war about aeroplane parts.  The Scotch Whisky Association had previously reported a fall in all types of whisky exports to the US of around £200 million as a result of the tariffs.

US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai meets with Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, today, and we look forward to a similar suspension of tariffs ensuing from their discussions. Please click below to read the FINAL Understanding on Principles relating to Large Civil Aircraft published by the USTR.

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