The dispute, which dates back to 2011, previously disrupted trade between the U.S. and EU that included shellfish like clams, pictured here during a harvest, and oysters. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo
"Today's announcement represents a positive step in the trade relationship between the United States and EU," U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement.
"This latest resumption of trade in bivalve mollusks, help[s] to create sustainable economic growth and jobs for our workers," a top European Union official said Friday. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
"The Biden-Harris administration is committed to both addressing trade barriers and building new opportunities for U.S. producers, and we will continue to work to strengthen the U.S.-EU trade relationship."
Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission executive vice-president and commissioner for trade, welcomed the deal -- which resolved some longstanding issues between the United States and the 27-member European alliance.
"It shows that our efforts to forge a positive, forward-looking trade agenda with the United States are paying off," Dombrovskis said in a statement.
"All these achievements, plus this latest resumption of trade in bivalve mollusks, help to create sustainable economic growth and jobs for our workers," he added.