Washington filed separate complaints on Monday with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the retaliatory tariffs by the EU, Canada, China, Mexico and Turkey, according to the website of the U.S. Trade Representative.
The US department believes that the American tariffs on aluminum and steel from these countries are “are justified under international agreements the United States and its trading partners have approved,” while the response of the said countries “appear to breach commitments made by WTO members.”
Since June 1, the United States has introduced 25 percent tariffs on steel products and 10 percent on aluminum products supplied from the EU, Canada and Mexico. The European Union on June 22 responded with 25 percent retaliatory tariffs on a number of American goods, including steel, whiskey, peanut butter, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Levi’s jeans.
On July 6, the White House imposed 25 percent tariffs on 818 items of Chinese goods. Beijing fired back with mirror customs fees on 659 items of goods from the United States. The WTO is already considering complaints about US fees from the EU, Canada, China, Mexico, and other countries.
Even before assuming the post of US President, Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he was ready for conflicts to protect the interests of America in relations with main trading partners. It took Trump a little more than a year to make his electoral pledges true.
Since June 1, 2018, the American penalty fees have also spread to the import of steel from the EU, for example, to these steel sheets produced by the German firm Salzgitter AG. The losses for German exports are so gar limited, however, the situation may change if Trump implements his next threat and slaps 20 percent tariffs on cars imported from the EU.