The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, recently said that he hopes to negotiate the elimination of US tariffs before next August with the new US Administration - led by Joe Biden. These tariffs, which affect Spanish food, have been left unchanged by the US government in its latest review, dated this February.
"We are in contact with the European Commission so that between now and August, which is the time for the next review, we can negotiate the elimination of these unfair tariffs on our agro-food sector," imposed as a result of the Airbus-Boeing dispute, said Planas during the virtual presentation of a platform created by Cajamar to promote the digitization of the agro-food sector in Spain.
The head of Agriculture stressed that the US government needs to carry out an "ordinary administrative procedure" and that the impeachment process against former president Donald Trump has delayed the deadlines. In that sense, he said that neither the US trade representative, Katherine Tai, nor the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, have yet officially been confirmed in their positions.
"I understand the concerns of the sector and those affected, but the formation of the new North American Administration is taking a while and I am convinced that the issue will be addressed in the first contacts with the Commission and in the bilateral ones with Spain. Sooner or later, we will achieve the elimination of tariffs,” said Planas.
For the Office of the US Foreign Trade Representative, it is “unnecessary at this time” to raise or lower the tariffs applied to imports of certain products from Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom since October 2019.