Irish beef on hitlist as US plans '100pc tax on goods coming from EU'
The Office of the US Trade Representative will hold a hearing in Washington tomorrow to discuss applying a tariff as high as 100pc on a host of EU products, including Irish beef.
It comes as newly elected US President Donald Trump's highly protectionist agenda looks to have already called time on a host of high-profile trade deals, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
One news outlet in the US has said the tariff could be as high as 100pc.
Documents seen by the Irish Independent ahead of the hearing, which will look at the possibility of imposing a tariff on certain imported products, including beef, called for submissions on the situation and received more than 11,500 responses prior to the deadline.
In a statement the Department of Agriculture said it is aware of this issue and is closely monitoring developments.
"The negotiations in this case are between the European Commission and the US Authorities and we are in close contact with the Commission as the case proceeds,” a Department spokesperson said.
Significant efforts have been made by successive Irish governments to export Irish beef into the US and in 2015 Irish beef was back on the menu in the US, with the first shipments arriving in time for St Patrick's Day.
At the time, the then-minister for agriculture Simon Coveney said the US market could be worth €100m a year to Irish beef exports.