The EU is already getting ready to fire back at Trump's proposed $11 billion tariff hit over Airbus

  • The EU is reportedly preparing to retaliate against the US’s latest tariff proposals.
  • The Trump administration proposed tariffs on $US11 billion worth of European products Monday.
  • The escalations mark the latest in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies.

The European Union is ready to hit back against the Trump administration’s latest tariff proposals, setting the stage for another trade dispute with some of the US’s largest business partners.

The US Trade Representative on Monday proposed tariffs on up to $US11 billion worth of European products, ranging from food staples to motorcycles, in a move meant to penalise the EU for allegedly subsidizing Airbus.

A European Commission official told Reuters those measures were “greatly exaggerated” and that the EU has begun preparations to potentially retaliate against Boeing subsidies, extending a dispute over government support for aircraft companies that has spanned more than a decade.

The amount of tariffs is subject to arbitration at the World Trade Organisation, expected to take place this summer.

The escalations add to months of trade tensions between Washington and Brussels. Last year, President Donald Trump levied duties on steel and aluminium, including from the EU.

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