November 29
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22nd November 2021
External Relations & Trade Internal Market

WTO panel rules against United States in Spanish olives case

On 19 November, a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruled in favour of the EU by finding that US countervailing duties applied on imports of ripe olives from Spain, which were put in place during the Trump administration in 2018, are illegal under WTO rules.

The duties ranged from between 30% and 44% combined on imports of Spanish ripe olives alleging that Spanish raw olive producers had received subsidies specifically for their sector and that the benefit of such subsidies had been entirely transferred to the processors exporting to the US.

The panel held that the US had not correctly determined whether the subsidies were targeted at the olive producers. It further found that relevant provisions of US law (Section 771B

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