EU Introduces Duties On a Number of US Goods
The European Union introduces tariffs on lighters, playing cards, and furniture fittings from the United States in response to the expansion of US duties on steel and aluminum imports, introduced by President Donald Trump on February 8, 2020. This was reported to the European Commission on Monday, April 6.
In February, the U.S. extended tariffs for the import of steel and aluminum from other countries introduced in 2018. Additional customs duties were introduced for a whole list of items, including nails, paper clips, wire and cables.
The list of goods is relatively limited, since it is a proportional response from the United States, the European Commission said. This action is carried out in full accordance with the obligations of the European Union in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The representative of the European Commission stressed that in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the EU expects partners to cancel unfair duties, including on steel and aluminum.
In June 2018, the EU already introduced a 25 percent import duty of € 2.8 billion for a range of U.S. products, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi Strauss clothing, and whiskey in response to U.S. steel and aluminum duties.