100% Duties on Certain European Origin Products


The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an update to the list of commodities from certain member states of the European Community (EC) that are subject to 100% duty when imported to the U.S. The revisions become effective March 23, 2009. These duties are imposed as part of a trade dispute between the U.S. and the EC regarding hormones used in the growth and production of beef, which dates to 1998.

The new items added to the list are mainly meat and cheese products, but include other products such as truffles, chewing gum, some fruits and nuts, and juice. Roquefort cheese will incur 300% duty. Affected products vary by country or country groups.

U.S. importers are advised to consult the USTR list to determine any cost impact to imported products. EC exporters are similarly advised to review this list, as the high duty rates will affect pricing and demand.

The USTR update to the 100% duty list was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 23, 2009: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/browse.html

Additional information is available from the USTR website at: http://www.ustr.gov/Document_Library/Press_Releases/2009/January/USTR_Announces_Revised_Trade_Action_in_Beef_Hormones_Dispute.html