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EU proposes six-month tariff freeze with United States - Der Spiegel

Stock MarketsApr 10, 2021 05:20AM ET
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BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union has suggested that it and the United States suspend tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports for six months, EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis was quoted as telling Germany's Der Spiegel on Saturday.

That would go beyond a four-month suspension agreed last month, and send a signal that Brussels is seeking compromise in a 16-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies.

"We have proposed suspending all mutual tariffs for six months in order to reach a negotiated solution," Dombrovskis told the news magazine.

"This would create a necessary breathing space for industries and workers on both sides of the Atlantic," he added.

In March, the two sides agreed on a four-month suspension covering all U.S. tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU imports and all EU duties on $4 billion of U.S. products, which resulted from long-running World Trade Organization cases over subsidies for planemakers Airbus and Boeing (NYSE:BA).

Dombrovskis also said the EU would closely monitor U.S. President Joe Biden's "Buy American" laws which provide for U.S. public contracts to be awarded exclusively to American firms.

"Our goal is to push for procurement markets that are as open as possible all over the world," he told Der Spiegel.

EU proposes six-month tariff freeze with United States - Der Spiegel
 

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