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Washington, March 5 : The US and the UK have announced a four-month tariff suspension in an attempt to reach a negotiated solution to the longstanding trade conflict over aircraft subsidies.
Washington will suspend retaliatory tariffs against British goods beginning March 4, according to a joint statement released on Thursday night by the Office of the US Trade Representative.
“This will benefit a wide range of industries on both sides of the Atlantic, and allow for focused settlement negotiations to ensure that our aerospace industries can finally see a resolution and focus on Covid recovery and other shared goals,” the statement said.
The move follows the UK’s unilateral decision to suspend retaliatory tariffs against US goods from January 1.
Washington started to impose additional tariffs on a wide range of European products worth $7.5 billion in October 2019, after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that Europe provided illegal subsidies to Airbus.
Following a similar WTO decision on subsidies to Boeing, the European Union (EU) slapped additional tariffs on American products worth $4 billion in November 2020.

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