EU lawmakers clear US beef imports as transatlantic tension eases

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EU lawmakers clear US beef imports as transatlantic tension eases

On Thursday, the 28th of November 2019, the EU lawmakers had reached a decision to approve an increase of US beef imports in to the European Union, pointing towards a move which in effect could potentially ease transatlantic tension at a time while the US President Donald Trump was seeking to incline further tariffs on EU-made products including autos.

Nonetheless, aside from an approval to heighten up US beef imports, lawmakers in the Brussels had also criticized Trump’s latest move to impose a higher tariff on EU-borne metals and a recent threat to target EU-made autos and parts.

In point of fact, in a parliamentary session of the European Commission, the parliament had voted 457 to 140 to allow US farmers a larger portion of their existing quota of 45,000 tons from 2020. Meanwhile, latest EU parliament decision to US beef imports had settled a long-run dispute that dated back to 1981 when EU had barred use of growth hormones in meats across the bloc alongside imports, while EU and the United States had reached an agreement 2009 to allow a quota for US farmers to export 45,000 tons of hormone free meats and under a WTO accord, the quota had also applied to non-US imports.

However, since beef exporters from Australia, Uruguay and Argentina had agreed to sell under the 2009 accord, US shares of EU beef exports were faltered to 30 per cent from 100 per cent a decade earlier. Besides, under the revised deal passed in the EU parliament on Thursday (November 28th), US farmers would be allowed to export up to 18,500 tons initially, rising their slice significantly to 35,000 tons.