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US tariffs: Steel and aluminum levies slapped on key allies

Monitoring Desk

WASHINGTON: The US is to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from allies in Europe and North America.

The US said a 25% tax on steel and 10% tax on aluminum from the EU, Mexico and Canada will start at midnight.

The move immediately triggered vows of retaliation from Mexico, Canada and the EU, which called the tariffs “protectionism, pure and simple”.

The UK said it was “deeply disappointed” by the US decision, which followed weeks of negotiations.

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said it was a “bad day for world trade”, while European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the move was “totally unacceptable.

The EU had “no choice” but to bring a case before the World Trade Organization and impose duties on US imports, he added.

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