Cava, queso, olive oil and mariscos: Trump slaps extra tariffs on Spanish produce

Cava, queso, olive oil and mariscos: Trump slaps extra tariffs on Spanish produce
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The US government has released a list of Spanish goods that will be subject to extra tariffs in its ongoing battle with the EU over aircraft subsidies.

Washington on announced it would put a 10 percent tariff on large civil aircraft imported from the four European partners of Airbus – Germany, France, Spain and the UK – after Wednesday's World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that ruled the company received undue subsidies.

The US trade representative's list includes more than 150 products, principally from those four nations but also across Europe, that will face a 25 percent tariff from October 18th.

President Donald Trump, tweeting early Thursday morning, called the WTO decision “a nice victory” and claimed the European Union has “for many years treated the USA very badly on Trade”.

The Trump administration intends to hit French, Spanish and German wines – exempting Hungarian Tokay – as well as the UK's Irish and Scottish single-malt whiskies with the tariffs.

Cheeses from across Europe, including pecorino, stilton, cheddar, reggiano and all blue-veined cheese but Roquefort – which is specifically exempted – will be taxed under the new rules.

Olives, olive oil and seafood including mussels, octopus and razor clams from Spain will also face the 25 percent tariff, as will Germany's coffee — both caffeinated and decaffeinated.

“Made in England” cashmere, woolen anoraks and bed linen from the UK will have the 25 percent surcharge added, while Germany's exports of industrial tools will be similarly affected.

READ MORE: US vows to put tariffs on products including Spanish olive oil, oranges and queso, in row over Airbus

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