Import Duties: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the HMRC Guidance entitled Commercial policy measures of imported products originating in the USA (Tariff stop press notice 49) published on 16 November 2020, what assessment the Government made of potential effect on British bicycle manufacturers and retailers of additional customs duties on imports from the US of products used as bicycle components.

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the HMRC Guidance entitled Commercial policy measures of imported products originating in the USA (Tariff stop press notice 49) published on 16 November 2020, whether the additional customs duties on bicycle components imported from the US will apply after the end of the transition period.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The tariffs referred to are imposed as part of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) award of retaliatory rights in the Boeing dispute, recognising harm felt by UK and European industries as a result of US subsidies.

The UK Government continues to push for a swift de-escalation of the Airbus and Boeing disputes. We want a negotiated settlement and to remove punitive tariffs that unnecessarily harm businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic, who are already dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

For the remainder of the Transition Period, the United Kingdom will automatically impose the EU’s retaliatory measures under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. From January 2021 the United Kingdom will represent itself independently in disputes at the WTO and shall undertake such actions as are in the best interests of the United Kingdom.

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