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Exclusive: U.S. asks for WTO panel over metals tariff retaliation



WASHINGTON / OSLO (Reuters) – The United States is requesting a World Trade Organization. tariffs on steel and aluminum, according to a official familiar with the matter.

The PAO steel mill in Farrell, Pennsylvania, US, March 9, 2018. REUTERS / Aaron Josefczyk

The requests, filed on Thursday, cover tariff by China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which is a 25 percent duty on steel imports and a 1

0 percent tariff on aluminum imports, which is on national security grounds.

Canada, Mexico and China also had a WTO Panel examining those tariffs, according to another government official familiar with the matter. Earlier on Thursday, Norway said it would seek the WTO dispute group's help.

Officials representing the countries' trade delegations could not immediately be reached after normal business hours. The WTO did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The dispute marks a new dimension to the ongoing dispute between the United States and a number of its trading partners as well as the WTO itself. Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum and its trade was with China.

Norway has not yet come to an agreement with the United States.

"We believe that additional U.S.. WTO rules, "Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement.

"Therefore, together with the EU and several others, we today ask the WTO. additional duty, "she said.

In Brussels, meanwhile, the EU, Norway and Switzerland, Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and global warming at a regional summit that included China, Japan and Russia as a counter-protection to a more protectionist United States.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC on Wednesday that trade negotiations with China have come to an end.

Washington is over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico and Canada remain subject to the metals tariffs.

On Tuesday, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom held talks with Ross in Brussels on improving trade relations, though Washington accused the bloc of moving too slowly in negotiations.

Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt of Washington and Nerijus Adomaitis of Oslo; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Tomasz Janowski

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