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Questionnaire on announced U.S. tariff increase on imports of certain steel and aluminium products and possible EU commercial policy measures in response

  • Policy field: Trade Defence
  • Target group: Private stakeholders affected by an announced US tariff increase on imports of certain steel and aluminium products originating in the EU or by possible EU commercial policy measures in response
  • Closing Date: Completed - 26/03/2018

Objective of the consultation

Objective  

The Commission seeks information and views regarding the EU's economic interests in accordance with Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014. The Commission expects to receive input from private stakeholders affected by an announced US tariff increase on imports of certain steel and aluminium products and by possible EU commercial policy measures concerning certain products, in response.

The information gathering should provide the Commission with input to assist it in assessing the necessity and the parameters of possible commercial policy measures.

Context

The United States of America announced on 8 March 2018 the imposition of measures in the form of a tariff increase on imports of certain steel and aluminium products from, inter alia, the EU (at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively), applicable as from 23 March 2018.

Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 concerning the exercise of the EU's rights for the application and enforcement of international trade rules (OJ L 189, 27.6.2014) provides for the legal basis for the EU to suspend concessions or other obligations under international trade agreements, with the intention of rebalancing concessions or other obligations in the trade relations with third countries, when the treatment accorded to goods from the EU is altered in a way that affects the EU's interests.

Where action is necessary to safeguard the EU's interests in such cases, the Commission may take appropriate commercial policy measures in response, on the basis of objective criteria.

In assessing the necessity and the parameters of possible commercial policy measures, the Commission invites input from private stakeholders affected by an announced U.S. tariff increase on imports of certain steel and aluminium products originating in the EU (at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively) or by possible EU commercial policy measures as outlined in the enclosed document 'Form to be completed and submitted', concerning the products listed in the enclosed document 'List of Products'.

Deadline

Please fill in the enclosed form and submit it at the latest by 26 March 2018, 12:00 am (UTC+01:00), Brussels, to the following e-mail address:
TRADE-REG-654-2014-INFOGATHERING@ec.europa.eu 

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Form to be completed and submitted (in Word)
Form to be completed and submitted (in PDF)
List of Products
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