The Trump administration announced on Thursday that the application of additional tariffs on French iconic products like champagne in retaliation for the French digital tax, which was due to come into effect on January 6, 2021, will be postponed for good. .
The US Trade Representative (USTR) Office said in a press release that it would await the results of investigations into digital taxes being introduced or reviewed in other countries and jurisdictions. He said the suspension of tariffs on France 'will encourage a coordinated response'.
'These investigations have made considerable progress, but have not yet led to possible trade sanctions,' emphasizes the USTR. No schedule was communicated.
France has confirmed its Gafa tax
Since the end of 2019, the United States has threatened to impose additional tariffs on certain French products, including champagne, cheese, cosmetics and handbags.
France recently confirmed that it will levy its tax on 'Gafa' (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) for 2020, and the Franco-American one-year ceasefire signed in January 2020 expired on January 6th.
Several countries to be investigated
Among the countries targeted by these USTR investigations, India, Italy and Turkey were threatened with trade sanctions by the US on Wednesday. Washington has estimated that the digital taxes introduced by these three countries penalize American businesses.
The other countries studied are Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Spain and the United Kingdom. A separate study targets the European Union. These investigations began in June 2020.