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The United States takes steel, Aluminum Tariff Fight to the WTO

WASHINGTON / OSLO –The United States requests a dispute resolution panel in the World Trade Organization to be involved in…

The United States requests a dispute resolution panel in the World Trade Organization to be involved in a conflict against international retaliation over US steel and aluminum tariffs, according to a US official who is familiar with the case. 19659003] The request lodged on Thursday covers tariffs from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which followed the United States by introducing a 25% duty on steel imports and a 10% duty on aluminum imports, justified for national safety reasons.

Canada, Mexico and China had also planned to request a WTO panel to investigate these tariffs, according to another official official who is familiar with the matter. Earlier on Thursday, Norway said that the EU and other countries should seek assistance from the WTO dispute group.

WTO Appointments Blocked by the United States

Officials representing the trade unions of the countries could not be reached immediately

The WTO has not responded immediately to requests for comments.

The dispute marks a new dimension to the ongoing gap between the United States and a number of trading partners as well as the WTO itself, which has blocked appointments of new judges. The WTO presides over a record number of disputes, many of which are triggered by Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum and his trade war with China.

Norway previously said that the first consultations with the United States had not led to a good solution, and therefore the Nordic country had joined others to get the WTO to set up the panel to get an independent assessment of the issue.

“We believe that additional US steel and aluminum tariffs are in violation of WTO rules,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide in a statement.

“Therefore, we asked the WTO together with the EU and several others today to set up a dispute resolution panel on the US additional duty,” she said.

Swing away from the United States

In Brussels, the EU, Norway and Switzerland in the meantime began Asian support for free trade, Iran’s nuclear weapons agreement and combating global warming at a regional summit involving China, Japan and Russia a is a counterweight to a more protectionist United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC on Wednesday that trade negotiations with China seem to have taken a short break and he dampened expectations that the countries would make significant progress towards an agreement at a forthcoming G20 meeting.

Despite striking a deal with Washington to review the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico and Canada are still the subject of the metals.

Tuesday, EU Trade Commander Cecilia Malmstrom held talks with Ross in Brussels to improve trade relations, even though Washington was accused of blocking too slowly moving in negotiations.

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