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18th June, 2021 by Melita Kiely

Commerce our bodies and producers on each side of the Atlantic have welcomed the US and UK’s settlement to droop retaliatory tariffs for 5 years in relation to the Boeing-Airbus dispute.

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The UK and US have agreed to a five-year suspension of retaliatory tariffs

The UK-US five-year truce was confirmed yesterday (17 June), and follows a similar deal between the EU and the US, which additionally agreed to a five-year suspension of retaliatory tariffs on merchandise akin to Cognac and vodka.

The commerce struggle between the EU, the UK and the US is a part of a 17-year feud between plane producers Airbus and Boeing. In 2019, the US authorities imposed tariffs on US$7.5 billion price of EU items, together with single malt Scotch and single malt Irish whiskey, due to the continued dispute.

In March 2021, the US and the EU agreed to a four-month suspension of tariffs.

In December 2020, the UK authorities stated it will droop the tariffs that the EU imposed on US$4bn of US items, including rum, vodka, brandy and vermouth.

The newest information relating to the five-year suspension has signalled excellent news for single malt Scotch whisky and single malt Irish whiskey, which have been topic to 25% tariffs on account of the aerospace spat.

Liz Truss, the UK’s worldwide commerce secretary, stated: “This deal will help jobs throughout the nation and is implausible information for main employers like Scotch whisky and sectors like aerospace. We took the choice to de-escalate the dispute in the beginning of the 12 months after we turned a sovereign buying and selling nation, which was essential to breaking the impasse and bringing the US to the desk.

“I wish to thank Katherine [Tai, US trade representative] personally for her position in making this occur. At the moment’s deal attracts a line below an extremely damaging difficulty and means we are able to give attention to taking our buying and selling relationship with the US to the following stage, together with working extra intently to problem unfair practices by nations like China and utilizing the ability of free commerce to construct again higher from the pandemic.”

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