COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX on certain commercial policy measures concerning certain products originating in the United States of America and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724

1. This new regulation is being proposed as part of the EU’s response to the US’ imposition of an increase in tariffs on certain steel and aluminium products following the national security investigation carried out under Section 232 of the US Trade Expansion Act 1962. It follows Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724, which enabled the EU to notify the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the products originating in the United States on which it may decide to impose additional tariffs and the maximum level of those tariffs.

2. This new implementing regulation will allow the EU to impose additional customs duties to the products on the lists notified to the WTO, which is a prerequisite to the actual imposition of additional duties. There are no new substantial elements in this regulation in comparison to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724 of 16 May 2018. The Department for International Trade sent an Official Text Not Yet Received (OTNYR) Explanatory Memorandum to both Committees on 8 May 2018 following the clearance of the Implementing Regulation 2018/724 in the Trade Barriers Committee on 17 April 2018.

3. On 8 March 2018, the US announced its intention to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminium imports, citing the need to protect their national security. Initially, the US granted the EU a temporary exemption in order to negotiate a permanent exemption from the tariffs, however, on 31 May, when the temporary exemption was due to expire, the US announced they would not be extending the temporary exemption. 25% tariff on steel products and 10% tariff on aluminium products therefore came into force on 1 June.

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