On April 8, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a press release announcing it had begun the process of identifying products of the European Union (EU) in which additional duties may be applied under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
According to the press release, the investigation is a result of EU subsidies, which the USTR estimates are causing harm of “$11 billion in trade each year.” The amount is currently subject to arbitration at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Per USTR Docket Number USTR-2019-003, which is referenced in the press release, the USTR is currently seeking comments on the preliminary list of products, which are due by May 6, 2019. The preliminary list of products is also included in the docket.
The USTR press release may be found here:
USTR Docket Number USTR-2019-003 may be found here: