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Turkey retaliates against US tariffs on steel and aluminum

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2018

   On 21 June 2018, retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods took effect in response to the United States imposition of 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum (section 232 measures). The Turkish government had submitted its list to the WTO on 21 May 2018. Duties between 4% and 70% are being imposed on a variety of US origin goods ranging from automobiles, whiskey, tobacco, coal, cosmetics, machinery equipment, paper and petrochemical products pursuant to Decree 2018/11973 Decision on the Implementation of Additional Financial Obligation for the Imports of Certain Products Originating in the United States of America, published in the T.C. Resm? Gazete (the Official Gazette) on 25 June 2018.

  In its WTO submission pursuant to Art. 12.5 of the WTO Agreement on Safeguards, Turkey said that in response to its consultations request (G/SG/183 dated 20 April 2018) with regard to the section 232 measures, the United States stated that “these actions are not safeguard measures, and therefore, there is no basis to conduct consultations under the Agreement on Safeguards with respect to these measures.” However, Turkey still considers them as safeguard measures which are not consistent with the provisions of the Safeguard Agreement.

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