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U.S. Launches WTO Challenges to Retaliatory Tariffs

U.S. Trade Rep says retaliatory tariffs are illegal

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The United States launched five separate World Trade Organization dispute actions on Monday challenging retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, and Turkey following U.S. duties on steel and aluminum, reports CNBC.

The retaliatory tariffs on up to a combined $28.5 billion worth of U.S. exports are illegal under WTO rules, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

Lighthizer said that retaliation had no legal basis because the EU and other trading partners were making false assertions that the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are illegal “safeguard” actions intended to protect U.S. producers.

Read the full report here.

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