Since May 2005 the EU has subjected various US imports to additional customs duties in retaliation to the US “Byrd Amendment”. The products covered by these retaliatory measures have changed over time and currently affect:
• Sweet corn
• Crane lorries
• Metal spectacle frames
The rate of retaliatory duty will be reduced from 15% to 6% from 1 May 2012 to reflect the repeal of the “Byrd Amendment”. Some of the subsidiaries are still being passed to US companies but at a lower level and so the retaliatory measures will continue to apply. Note the products covered could change.