Proposed Tariffs on Certain French Imports Cancelled

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Late last year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) proposed Section 301 tariffs be implemented on certain French products, including, wine, cheese, and handbags. The tariffs were proposed in retaliation to France’s Digital Services Tax, a tax described by the U.S. as “unreasonable or discriminatory” towards U.S. tech companies.

Earlier this week, France retracted its digital service tax and announced it will not be implemented this year as planned. The U.S. responded in kind, cancelling the tariffs on French imports proposed in December.

It is important to note that, although the tariffs on wine, cheese, and several other products have been cancelled, imported planes, aviation parts, and luxury products from the European Union (EU) are still subject to Section 301 tariffs. These tariffs were implemented in retaliation to the EU’s subsidization of Airbus and, at the moment, will remain in place.

Trans-Border will continue to monitor the situation. If you have any questions, please reach out to Bill Carey, Import Compliance Manager, at or (800) 493-9444.

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