Section 301 - France - Digital Service Tax Issue


Countries involved

France: Digital service tax issue

Products facing additional tariffs

Various cosmetics, soaps, handbags. 21 subheadings with an estimate value of $1.3 billion in trade.

Additional duty rates


Active trade measure?

To take effect January 6, 2021.

More details about the situation

The U.S. Trade Representative determined that France’s DST is unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens or restricts U.S. commerce, and therefore is actionable under sections 301(b) and 304 (a) of the Trade Act.

Information regarding the products affected by this trade measure

Review the lists of exclusions granted to some products


Exclusion opportunity


Comment/exclusion requests/extension requests

USTR and the Section 301 Committee held a hearing regarding the proposed action on January 7 and 8, 2020. Transcripts from the August 2019 and January 2020 hearings are available on the USTR website.

Public Dockets
The written public submissions are available under docket number USTR-2019-0009.

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