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April 30, 2006 

EU Expands Coverage of Retaliatory Tariffs in Byrd Amendment Dispute

On Monday, May 1st, the European Union will expand the coverage of retailiatory sanctions imposed on U.S. products as a result of the failure by the U.S. to bring the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (commonly known as the "Byrd Amendment") in compliance with its obligations under WTO agreements. While the Byrd Amendment was repealed by Congress, duties imposed on goods imported into U.S. through September 2007 will still be distributed to the domestic industry. The EU claims that that the Byrd Amendment should be repealed in full and no further antidumping or countervailing duties should be paid directly to U.S. industry. The total value of the new sanctions will be US$9.1 million, bringing the total amount imposed by the EU against U.S. products to $36.9 million.

According to Regulation (EC) No 632/2006, the following is a list of the HTS subheadings and description of the eight additional products will be subject to the additional 15% duty:

  1. 6301 40 10 -- Blankets and travelling rugs of synthetic fibres, knitted or crocheted (excl. electric, table covers, bedspreads and articles of bedding and similar furnishing of heading 9404)
  2. 6301 30 10 -- Blankets and travelling rugs of cotton, knitted or crocheted (excl. electric, table covers, bedspreads and articles of bedding and similar furnishing of heading 9404)
  3. 6301 30 90 -- Blankets and travelling rugs of cotton (excl. knitted or crocheted, electric, table covers, bedspreads and articles of bedding and similar furnishing of heading 9404)
  4. 6301 40 90 -- Blankets and travelling rugs of synthetic fibres (excl. knitted or crocheted, electric, table covers, bedspreads and articles of bedding and similar furnishing of heading 9404)
  5. 4818 50 00 -- Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, of paper pulp, paper, cellulose wadding or webs of cellulose fibres (excl. footware and parts thereof, incl. insoles, heel pieces and similar removable products, gaiters and similar products, headgear and part
  6. 9009 11 00 -- Electrostatic photocopying apparatus, operating by reproducing the original image directly onto the copy [direct process]
  7. 9009 12 00 -- Electrostatic photocopying apparatus, operating by reproducing the original image via an intermediate onto the copy [indirect process]
  8. 8467 21 99 -- Drills of all kinds for working in the hand, with self-contained electric motor operating with an external source of power (excl. electropneumatic drills)
A complete list of U.S. products that are subject to increased duties as a result of the Byrd Amendment dispute can be found here.

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