The European Union (EU) is expected to place additional duties on USA imports starting in July in response to Trump's tariffs on EU steel and aluminum, according to Reuters.
Officials in Brussels, who are leading the member states' response, said nations had given broad support for a plan to set duties on €2.8bn (£2.5bn) of USA exports.
"The new duties start applying in July", European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic told reporters.
The Trump tariffs came into effect on June 1 and the European Union now joins Mexico and Canada and other close allies that have announced their own wave of counter-duties against Washington.
Trump first announced the tariffs in March but provided some countries with temporary exemptions.
According to Reuters, EU exports now subject to Trump's tariffs are worth more than $7.5 billion.Читайте также: US President Donald Trump fires aide who mocked Senator John McCain
The world's largest trading bloc notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the plan, and will impose additional duties of about $4.2 billion (3.6 billion euros) in three years' time if the case is ongoing, or after the WTO rules in favor of the EU. The EU says it will introduce "rebalancing" tariffs on about 2.8 billion euros' ($4.25 billion Cdn) worth of US steel, agricultural and other products, including bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice.
The EU joins Canada and Mexico in responding to the new tariffs with their own.
USA products on the list include orange juice, bourbon, jeans, motorcycles and a variety of steel products.
Some of the products chosen are created to target states of senior Republicans who are seeking to retain control of both chambers of Congress in hotly contested November elections.
"It is a measured and proportionate response to the unilateral and illegal decision taken by the U.S. to impose tariffs on the European steel and aluminium exports which we regret", said the former Slovak prime minister.
The European Commission launched a legal challenge against the USA tariffs at the World Trade Organization last Friday.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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