More tariffs on the aircraft of Bombardier, which are built in Northern Ireland, are set to be imposed by the US, proposing almost 300pc hiking trade duties on the C-Series.
Due to subsidies that its manufacturer Bombardier receives from the United Kingdom and Canada, the US Department of Commerce stated last week that the C-Series jets should be subject to 219pc import duty.
It ordered to require a further 80pc tariff on the import of the company’s jets for alleged underselling on Friday, after Boeing, its American aviation rival claimed that they were sold at “absurdly low” prices.
The wings of those jets are manufactured in Belfast, and Bombardier employs more than 4,000 people at its factories in the said city.
The added hike is anticipated to intensify the already-strained relations between the United States and the United Kingdom after the Government warned of a trade war over the penalties last week.
The Ministry of Defence had announced that Boeing’s behaviour in the dispute “could jeopardise” its future contracts with the Government – a statement that was backed by Prime Minister Theresa May.
It comes after the Democratic Unionist Party’s leader, on which Theresa May relies for support in Parliament, pledged to use her influence with the Government to challenge the “completely unjustifiable” ruling.
In Boeing’s original complaint, however, Boeing had only asked for 80pc duty on the jets of Bombardier. The penalties could triple the C Series jets’ costs in the United States.
The penalty will not be imposed unless the US International Trace Commission affirms it in 2018.