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US Delays Duties Over EU Beef Hormone Dispute

16 March 2009

US - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced today that it is delaying by one month the imposition of additional duties on a modified list of EU products in connection with World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement rulings in the EU – Beef Hormones dispute.

Under a determination announced on January 15, 2009, the additional duties were to go into effect on March 23, 2009. Under the delay announced today, the additional duties are scheduled to go into effect on April 23, 2009.

“The purpose of the modified trade action announced earlier this year was to encourage a resolution of the longstanding Beef Hormones dispute that would offer a fair outcome for the U.S. beef industry, while also addressing the economic impact of the prior trade action on U.S. interests,” explained USTR spokesperson Nefeterius McPherson. “USTR is currently in discussions with the European Commission on a possible interim solution that would provide benefits for U.S. beef producers. These discussions have made progress, although several important issues remain to be resolved. USTR has decided to delay the trade action in order to give this process every possibility of success.”

The changes announced on January 15, 2009 made additions to and deletions from the list of the products subject to additional duties, changed the EU member states whose products are subject to the duties, and, for one product, increased the level of the additional duties. Under the decision announced today, most of these changes will be delayed for one month, and will now be effective on April 23, 2009. However, in order to respect commercial arrangements that have been made in the period since January 15, there will be no delay in the March 23, 2009, effective date of the deletion of products from the list of products subject to additional duties.

The details of the delay in the trade action are set out in a Federal Register notice that shortly will be posted on USTR’s website and sent to the Office of the Federal Register for publication.

Further Reading

- Go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.
- Read our report - The Big Question Over Beef Hormones - by clicking here.

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