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Spanish Politicians Call on Biden to Drop Black Olive Tariffs Ahead of E.U. Summit

May. 3, 2021
Daniel Dawson

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Politicians from across the polit­i­cal spec­trum in Spain are call­ing on the United States to drop its 35-per­cent tar­iff on black table olive imports.

The appeals for a reset in trad­ing rela­tions between the two come as the White House is plan­ning President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe in June.

The tar­iff on black table olives had a spe­cific impact on com­pa­nies and coop­er­a­tives in Seville, which had been export­ing to the U.S. for more than 40 years.- Clara Aguilera, cen­ter-left MEP, Granada

After attend­ing the G‑7 meet­ing with the lead­ers of seven of the world’s largest economies, Biden will travel from the U.K. to Brussels to meet with European Union offi­cials.

Among the top­ics expected to be dis­cussed are tar­iffs imposed by Biden’s pre­de­ces­sor on a range of agri­cul­tural and man­u­fac­tur­ing imports from the E.U., includ­ing pack­aged olive oil and some green table olives.

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Both sides agreed to freeze tar­iffs for four months in March. Shortly after Biden departs from Brussels, the U.S. Trade Representative and European Commission will need to decide whether to rein­state tar­iffs or extend the mora­to­rium.

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While the tar­iffs on black olives stem from a sep­a­rate trade dis­pute, Spanish table olive pro­duc­ers and politi­cians see the meet­ing as the time to elim­i­nate the tar­iffs.

According to the Spanish Association of Table Olive Exporters and Producers (Asemesa), black table olive exports to the U.S. have fallen by 68 per­cent since the tar­iffs were imposed back in 2017.

As a result of both sets of tar­iffs, the entire table olive sec­tor has lost an esti­mated €135 mil­lion in the past 3.5 years.

The tar­iff on black table olives had a spe­cific impact on com­pa­nies and coop­er­a­tives in Seville, which had been export­ing to the U.S. for more than 40 years,” Clara Aguilera, a cen­ter-left Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Granada, said at a recent event.

Also speak­ing at the event, Juan Ignacio Zoido, a cen­ter-right MEP from Seville, called the tar­iffs unfair and abu­sive.” He added that the con­flict is not pos­i­tive for any­one” and has harmed con­sumers and pro­duc­ers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The meet­ing between Biden and E.U. offi­cials is also expected to come days before the World Trade Organization issues its final report on whether the legal basis for U.S. tar­iffs vio­lates WTO poli­cies.

Despite the lob­by­ing from Spanish politi­cians, how the WTO rules on the case will ulti­mately deter­mine whether or not black olive pro­duc­ers will receive any reprieve from the tar­iffs.





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