USTR Proposes Section 301 Tariffs on French Goods

Posted by Kelsay Calvaruso on 12/2/19 5:00 PM

On December 2, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice proposing additional tariffs of up to 100% on French goods.  USTR’s Section 301 investigation into France’s Digital Service Tax (DST) found that the DST “is unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.”

USTR is seeking public comment on several points including:

  • The specific products on the proposed list;
  • The level of duty increase; and
  • The level of burden from the DST on the U.S. economy.

Public comments are due January 6, 2020, and the public hearing will be on January 7, 2020.

The proposed list of products, as well as the instructions for public comment, can be found here:

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Notice_of_Determination_and_Request_for_Comments_Concerning_Action_Pursuant_to_Section_301_France%E2%80%99s_Digital_Services_Tax.pdf

Topics: USTR, France, Digital Service Tax, Trade Remedies

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