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Parliamentary questions
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19 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005829-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (PPE) , Esther Herranz García (PPE) , Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio (PPE) , Gabriel Mato (PPE)

 Subject:  Effects of the tariffs unfairly imposed on Spanish table olives in the USA
 Answer in writing 

As we have been warning for more than a year, Spanish black olives ran the risk of being the first victim of a wider offensive against the CAP that was brewing within the Trump Administration.

Well, with the final tariffs that were approved in August 2018, exports of Spanish black olives to the USA have plummeted. In September alone, sales to this country have fallen by more than 76%.

If the imposition of provisional tariffs by the Department of Commerce has already raised the alarm, the final approval of these tariffs is extremely concerning. This is especially true when there are third parties occupying the market share that used to correspond to Spanish olives.

Although we are still awaiting the opinion of the International Trade Commission, time is against the sector.

1. With that in mind, at what stage is the process for the Commission to denounce the USA before the World Trade Organisation for these unfair tariffs?

2. What measures is it considering to provide sales for the Spanish product that can compensate for the losses it is suffering as a result of Trump’s protectionism?

Original language of question: ES 
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