US maintains import tax on Airbus aircraft


The levy was increased this year because Airbus receives illegal state aid from various European countries following the US. The conflict between Boeing and Airbus has been dragging on for years; both sides accuse each other of receiving illicit subsidies and tax breaks in order to finance the development of new aircraft.

The WTO repeatedly reprimanded the rivals for relatively minor irregularities, but so far it has not resulted in harsh convictions.

Airbus recently urged the WTO to reverse the increase in the US import tariff. The aircraft manufacturer sold many aircraft in the US – certainly in the period before the corona crisis. Delta, American, United, Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue, among others, are major customers. Airbus also opened a factory in Alabama for that reason.


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