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.