Fair and balanced approach to Airbus WTO ruling needed.

IEA calls on US administrations to minimise impact on Irish exports

Dublin, 2 October 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the exporting industry in Ireland, notes today’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling in the long-standing trade dispute over subsidies to the aircraft maker Airbus and calls on the US administration to minimise the impact of proposed tariff actions on Irish exports.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “We note with deep regret today’s ruling by the WTO to grant the United States the right to levy tariff on EU goods of up to USD7.5 billion in response to earlier subsidies given to the aircraft maker Airbus.

With a similar case against the US aircraft maker Boeing still to be decided by the WTO in the next couple of months, we urge the United States administration and, in particular, the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to engage with the European Union to seek a fair and balanced approach forward. A tit-for-tat approach to damaging each other’s economies will not help anyone.

With the continued possibility of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October and the associated shock to Irish exporters, we are particularly concerned by US threats to place tariffs on important Irish exports such as Irish Whiskey or agricultural goods.”

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For further information contact:

Pascal Koenig, Communications & Public Affairs Manager

E-mail: pascalkoenig@irishexporters.ie 

Tel:  01 642 4171 / 086 142 3310

About the Irish Exporters Association:

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) assists its members to grow their exports to world markets. We drive and support the growth and development of all exporting businesses based in Ireland.

  • Represent the needs of members in the development of policy, lobbying, intervention at government level and in the media. Brexit and the Diversification of Export Markets, Cost Competitiveness, the War for Talent and Entrepreneurship are at the core.
  • Trade Services include practical training, support and consultancy right across the supply chain including customs awareness and audits, export and import compliance, consular, business travel support, route to market and general assistance with trade related queries.
  • Knowledge Networks will support members to: explore new markets, route to market scenario planning, understand customs and supply chain challenges and provide thought leadership through a series of events and webinars. Networking and connectivity remain an important part of membership benefits.

The IEA represents the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland as well as the providers of key services to the sector. It is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.