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Espagne et l'UE réagissent aux tarifs américains sur les olives espagnoles

"Toutes les options possibles" sont sur la table au moment où la Commission européenne décide comment réagir aux tarifs américains. En Andalousie, des membres du gouvernement provincial se sont déjà engagés à faire pression sur Bruxelles et Madrid pour qu’ils agissent.

Luis Planas, ministre de l'Agriculture et de l'Environnement
Juillet 13, 2018
Par Daniel Dawson
Luis Planas, ministre de l'Agriculture et de l'Environnement

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The United States Inter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion (USITC) has approved new tar­iffs on Span­ish olives par un vote de trois contre un.

The deci­sion by the U.S. Depart­ment of Com­merce to impose unrea­son­ably high and pro­hib­i­tive anti-sub­sidy and anti-dump­ing duties on Span­ish olives is sim­ply unac­cept­able.- Euro­pean Com­mis­sion

Cus­toms author­i­ties will now begin col­lect­ing new tar­iffs approved by the U.S. Depart­ment of Com­merce on the olives rang­ing from 7.52 per­cent all the way to 27.02 per­cent.

"The USITC today deter­mined that a U.S. indus­try is mate­ri­ally injured by rea­son of imports of ripe olives from Spain that the U.S. Depart­ment of Com­merce has deter­mined are sub­si­dized and sold in the United States at less than fair value,” a depart­ment spokes­woman said about the deci­sion.

"As a result of the USITC’s affir­ma­tive deter­mi­na­tions, Com­merce will issue antidump­ing and coun­ter­vail­ing duty orders on imports of this prod­uct from Spain,” she added.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has said in a state­ment that it will wait to see the exact word­ing of the tar­iffs, which will be released on July 24, but that "toutes les options possibles »sont sur la table, en termes de réponse.


"The Com­mis­sion deplores this US approach and in par­tic­u­lar the way in which the inves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted,” a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion spokesper­son said. "Ces mesures protectionnistes ne sont justifiées ni sur le fond ni sur le fond. »

"The deci­sion by the U.S. Depart­ment of Com­merce to impose unrea­son­ably high and pro­hib­i­tive anti-sub­sidy and anti-dump­ing duties on Span­ish olives is sim­ply unac­cept­able,” the spokesper­son added. "Il s'agit d'une mesure protectionniste ciblant un produit européen de haute qualité et performant, populaire auprès des consommateurs américains. »

The imple­men­ta­tion of the tar­iffs stems from an anti-dump­ing com­plaint lodged by two com­pa­nies in Cal­i­for­nia last year. This was com­pounded by an anti-sub­sidy charge by the Com­merce Depart­ment.

Accord­ing to data from the Span­ish Asso­ci­a­tion of Exporters and Indus­tri­al­ists of Table Olives (ASEMA), black olive exports to the US have already fallen by more than 42 per­cent in the first quar­ter of 2018 com­pared with the same period in 2017.

Luis Planas, Spain’s Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, said he plans to bring up the tar­iffs at a Euro­pean Union agri­cul­tural meet­ing sched­uled for next week in Lux­em­bourg.

José Muñoz, a PSOE (Span­ish Social­ist Work­ers’ Party) Deputy in the Andalu­sian Par­lia­ment, has already taken action, propos­ing an ini­tia­tive demand­ing Euro­pean Union inter­ven­tion on behalf of Span­ish olive farm­ers.

"The PSOE in Andalu­sia presents in the Andalu­sian Par­lia­ment an ini­tia­tive that demands of the Euro­pean Union a force­ful com­mer­cial answer against the tar­iffs on our table olives,” he said on Twit­ter.

The Andalu­sian Par­lia­ment is meet­ing today to dis­cuss the ini­tia­tive and the impli­ca­tions of the tar­iffs on the region’s econ­omy. How­ever, it is unclear what exactly the provin­cial gov­ern­ment can do other than peti­tion Brus­sels to act.

Mean­while, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, the Andalu­sian Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Rural Devel­op­ment has gone to Madrid to peti­tion the national gov­ern­ment to act.

"Aujourd'hui à Madrid, nous avons rencontré Luis Planas, pour continuer à travailler ensemble pour la défense du secteur des olives de table devant les tarifs injustes et injustifiés définitivement établis par les États-Unis », a-t-il déclaré.

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