"Suspending these tariffs is urgently needed to address the economic harms our industries are currently facing and will also be a positive step to help re-establish a cooperative Trans-Atlantic trading relationship."

"Suspending these tariffs is urgently needed to address the economic harms our industries are currently facing and will also be a positive step to help re-establish a cooperative Trans-Atlantic trading relationship."

More than 70 US and European trade associations, including those from the footwear and apparel sectors, have issued an urgent call to their governments to remove or suspend tariffs related to the civil aircraft, steel and aluminium disputes, which they say are harming industries.

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), The National Retail Federation (NRF), the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) are among 72 trade associations that have signed a letter to US President Joe Biden and the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in which they say the tariffs imposed are affecting and threatening Trans-Atlantic trade in sectors unrelated to the WTO disputes.

In November, the EU decided to proceed with tariffs on US$4bn of US imports every year.

Back in 2018, in retaliation against US tariffs on EU steel and aluminium, the EU side imposed 25% punitive tariffs on US$7.5bn worth of US products, including jeans. These duties are still in place today

"Suspending these tariffs is urgently needed to address the economic harms our industries are currently facing and will also be a positive step to help re-establish a cooperative Trans-Atlantic trading relationship."

The letter adds that since 2018 the industries, suppliers and supply chains have been negatively impacted by the imposition or threat of tariffs in these disputes which are "wholly unrelated" to their sectors.

It adds Covid-19 and the necessary closings of non-essential businesses continue to affect the global economy and the affected sectors which support millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

"The ongoing EU-US trade disputes and additional tariffs which continue to plague Trans-Atlantic trade have made a bad situation worse. With the damages, we have suffered last year and are still suffering the current situation can not be allowed to go on any longer. We believe the immediate suspension of these tariffs is a necessary and fundamental acton which will provide an economic stimulus at a time when it is needed most.

"Removal of these tariffs will provide the positive momentum to reset the important bilateral relationship and cooperative efforts to address global economic challenges. In addition, a shared commitment to avoid new additional tariffs will create the necessary certainty and stability needed to grow the Trans-Atlantic economy."