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The US threatens tariffs on UK goods following digital tax dispute

Faisal Islam, Economics Editor at the BBC, reported recently that the US has warned the UK about putting tariffs of up to 25% on a number of UK goods in response to the tax the UK has introduced for Tech firms.

Companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook could see a 2% tax on their UK revenues. The US Administration has calculated this new tax will raise over £235.8m.

The sectors which could affect British companies include clothing, footwear, ceramics, beauty products and furniture. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of products to consult on for potential tariff action and the USTR’s notice can be accessed here

As expected, some sector trade associations in the UK have already expressed their disappointment over this prospect and are monitoring closely these developments. The UK Government has also responded and said the UK will consider its options to defend UK’s interests and industry.

Potentially affected by these developments?

Whether or not you are a Chamber member, we want to hear from you. We will be monitoring the situation and working closely with the Department of International Trade providing feedback directly from the business community. Send us your views at

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