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New EU tariffs to hit US fashion imports

The European Union has announced that fashion items including denim and cotton clothing, swimwear and certain types of footwear from the US will be hit by additional tariffs as part of an escalating trade war between the two economic blocs.

The tariffs will see a range of men’s, children’s and women’s clothes hit with 25% rise in tariffs if imported from the US.

The list of EU tariffs include a 25% charge on T-shirts, singlets and other vests made from cotton, or are knitted or crocheted.

Also hit are T-shirts, singlets and other vests made of wool or fine animal hair or man-made fibres, knitted or crocheted.

Also included in the tariff list are women’s or girl’s denim trousers and breeches, women’s or girl’s cotton shorts, as well as a selection of men’s footwear options.

A higher 50% rate of tariffs will be implemented across another range of clothing including men’s women’s and children’s breeches or trousers made from cotton or synthetic fibre, as well as certain types of footwear. 

The tariffs cover goods across a range of sectors including steel, cigars, motorcycles and food, as well as textiles, and have a value of £2.5bn. 

The tariffs by the EU were drawn up in response to US tariffs on EU-derived aluminium and steel production.



Readers' comments (2)

  • On the face of it a problem for retailers stocking US lines. and an opportunity for UK brands to take advantage.
    But of greater immediacy is yesterday's judgment by the US Supreme Court that individual US states can charge sales tax on online consumers even if retailer has no physical state presence. This will impact not simply ASOS and Boohoo but also those UK brands that look to sell online into the US rather than have a physical presence there.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

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  • The mainstream press have got a lot of this wrong, for example, stating incorrectly that Levi's® would be therefore be more expensive in the U.K shops. when all Levi's® supplied product in not from the U.S at all. Journalism!!!

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