EU tariffs on U.S. goods come into force – BBC

10:57, 22 June 2018
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The duties on EUR 2.8bn (GBP 2.4bn) worth of U.S. goods came into force on Friday, the BBC reported.

Tariffs have been imposed on products such as bourbon whiskey, motorcycles and orange juice.

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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said duties imposed by the U.S. on the EU go against "all logic and history".

India, meanwhile, has said it will raise taxes on 29 products imported from the U.S. – including some agricultural goods, steel and iron products – in retaliation for the wide-ranging U.S. tariffs.

The new duties will come into effect from August 4 and will affect U.S. almonds, walnuts and chick peas, among other products.

India is a top buyer of U.S. almond exports and so the move is expected to hurt farmers in America.

The Trump administration announced in March that it would introduce tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium imported into the U.S.

After being deferred, the duties on steel and aluminium went ahead on June 1 and affect the EU, Canada, Mexico and other close U.S. allies, including India.

European Commission president Mr. Juncker, who has previously criticized the move, said on Thursday: "It goes against all logic and history. Our response must be clear but measured."

Addressing the Irish parliament in Dublin, he added that "we will do what we have to do to rebalance and safeguard" the EU.

The majority of U.S. goods targeted by the EU, such as tobacco, Harley Davidson motorcycles, cranberries and peanut butter, will now carry a tariff of 25%.

However, the EU has introduced a 50% duty on goods such as footwear, some types of clothing and washing machines.

The new duties have been imposed as tensions over trade continued to grow between the U.S. and China.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump threatened to impose 10% duties on an additional $200bn (GBP 150bn) worth of Chinese goods which he said would come into force if China "refuses to change its practices".

However, China accused the U.S. of an act of "extreme pressure and blackmail" and said it would respond with "strong countermeasures".

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