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18 October 2019

US tariffs do not apply to bound printed books

7 October 2019

On 2 October 2019 the World Trade Organisation (WTO) authorised the setting of US tariffs in a long-running US/EU dispute over illegal subsidies for planemakers Airbus and Boeing. The US has announced it will impose tariffs on hundreds of EU products from 18 October.

The EU products include 'printed books, brochures, leaflets and similar printed matter in single sheets, whether or not folded' from Germany and the UK. However, it has been confirmed that bound printed books are in a different classification and are not currently affected. The Publishers Association has said that as the US government can amend the list, 'this inclusion is still of concern. We will continue to monitor closely, including any changes to the current product lists and definitions.'

See the reports in The Bookseller and Publishing Perspectives of 4 October 2019 and The Guardian of 3 October 2019.