The administration of US President Donald Trump is raising import duties on certain European products.
Additional duties will be levied on aircraft parts imported from France and Germany, as well as on certain wines, cognacs and brandies imported from France and Germany, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on its website.
The increased tariffs will take effect on January 12, about a week before the inauguration of incoming U.S. President Joe Biden.
According to AFP news agency, the European Commission on Thursday lamented that the United States “unilaterally” interfered with the parties ’negotiations.
The Commission said it was seeking a solution to the dispute with Biden's future administration.
The tariff increases are linked to a 16-year dispute between the United States and the European Union over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers.
In the fall of 2019, the United States imposed tariffs on a number of products manufactured in the EU after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that subsidies received by European Airbus violated WTO rules.
European wines, cheeses and olive oils, as well as Airbus aircraft, were subject to import duties.
The EU responded with its own tariffs on US products in November 2020. In addition to airplanes, tariffs were imposed on, for example, casino tables and fitness equipment.
Earlier in the autumn, the EU had received the green light from the WTO for its retaliation for state aid from the US Boeing.