US to dis­cuss 100% tar­iffs on EU’S foods

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Food And Drink - BY CIARAN MO­RAN

THE Of­fice of the US Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive ( USTR) will hold a hear­ing in Wash­ing­ton this week to dis­cuss ap­ply­ing a tar­iff as high as 100% on a host EU prod­ucts.

It comes as newly-elected US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s highly pro­tec­tion­ist agenda looks to have al­ready called time on a host of high-pro­file trade deals in­clud­ing TTIP.

One news out­let in the US has said the tar­iff could be as high as 100%. To­mor­row’s hear­ing will look at the pos­si­bil­ity of im­pos­ing a tar­iff on cer­tain im­ported prod­ucts, in­clud­ing beef.

USTR asked for sub­mis­sions ahead of the hear­ing and is un­der­stand to have re­ceived over 11,500 re­sponses prior to the dead­line.

The US says it is tak­ing this ac­tion against what it calls the Euro­pean Union’s un­fair trade prac­tices, which it says dis­crim­i­nate against the US beef in­dus­try.

It says the EU’S ban on hor­mone-treated US beef is not based on sound sci­ence and dis­crim­i­nates against Amer­i­can beef farm- ers. The US National Cat­tle­men’s Beef As­so­ci­a­tion and the US Meat Ex­port Fed­er­a­tion wrote to the USTR be­fore Christ­mas call­ing for and end to tar­iff con­ces­sions on EU ex­ports and said that the US do­mes­tic beef in­dus­try would ben­e­fit from such a move.

The ban has been in place for around 20 years, and led the US to sue the EU at the WTO.

The EU bans the im­port of beef and beef prod­ucts pro­duced from an­i­mals to which any of six hor­mones have been given for growth-pro­mo­tion pur­poses in the US.

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