WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States said Friday that it will raise the tariff on aircraft imported from the European Union to 15 percent from 10 percent amid a long-simmering row with the bloc in connection with its subsidies granted to plane maker Airbus SE.

In October, the United States imposed tariffs of 10 percent on large civil aircraft and 25 percent on agricultural products, such as cheese, after winning World Trade Organization backing over what it called unfair trade practices.

The WTO has authorized the United States to levy taxes on up to $7.5 billion of EU imports annually.

In December, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it was initiating a process to assess raising the tariff amid "lack of progress" on the EU side to resolve the subsidies dispute. The 15 percent tariff will be effective March 18, the office said.

The dispute dates to 2004 when the United States filed a WTO challenge regarding EU subsidization of Airbus after failing to convince the European Union and four of its member states -- Britain, France, Germany and Spain -- to cease the subsidies.

The EU has brought a case against the United States for providing subsidies to Boeing Co, which the WTO has recognized the American plane maker received in violation of its rules.

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