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Whiskey jeans and motorbikes EU tariffs on US goods come into effect

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,328 Views By AFP Friday 22 Jun 2018, 8:38 AM http://jrnl.ie/4085226 Share53 Tweet Email5 Image: Shutterstock/matsiukpavel Jun 22nd 2018, 8:38 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/matsiukpavel Whiskey, jeans and motorbikes: EU tariffs on US goods come into effect The move comes after US President Donald Trump imposed 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminium. FROM BLUE JEANS to motorbikes and whiskey, the EU’s hit list of products to target for tariffs in the event of a trade war with the US reads like a catalogue of emblematic American exports.The European Union drew up the list in March but is only activating it today after US President Donald Trump followed through on his threat to impose 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminium.This list was already sent by the EU to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 18 May, in anticipation of Washington’s decision to go through with the tariffs.The list does not specifically name brands but European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker spelled out in March that the bloc was “preparing import duties for US products including Harley-Davidson, Bourbon and Levi’s jeans”.Here are some of the items on the EU’s list:Steel Dozens of steel products are targeted, including bars and rods, rolled steel, stainless steel, wire, tubes, chain, pipes and scaffolding, as well as kitchen appliances, ovens, ladders and washbasins.Clothing and fabrics Clothing includes “trousers and breeches of cotton denim” — better known as jeans — along with bed linen and men’s leather footwear. Swimwear and underwear are excluded.Cosmetics Eye makeup and lipstick are listed — together they accounted for more than €280 million worth of EU imports from the US in 2017.TransportMotorbikes and mopeds “with reciprocating internal combustion piston engines” of 500cc capacity and above includes most Harley-Davidson models. Boats, yachts, canoes and rowing boats are also on the list.Food and drink Maize, rice, cranberries, cranberry juice, orange juice, sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the food products targeted.The list also covers bourbon whiskey — the EU imported some €415 million worth from the US in 2017, along with another €150 million worth of whiskey without the “bourbon” designation.OtherCigarettes, cigars, cheroots (a type of thin cigar) and other types of tobacco are also included.- © AFP 2018  44 Comments last_img

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