EU wants exemption from high US steel tariffs

BRUSSELS, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom met in Brussels on Saturday with Japan’s Minister for Economy and Industry Hiroshige Seko and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss US decision to impose high import duties on certain steel and aluminum products.

In the meeting, Malmstrom and Seko emphasised the strong concern of both the European Union and Japan at the announced measures, noted a European Commission press release.

As long-standing security partners of the United States, they underlined to Ambassador Lighthizer their expectation that EU and Japanese exports to the US would be exempted from the application of higher tariffs.

Malmstrom also met bilaterally with Lighthizer to discuss the issue further, and gain additional clarity on the process surrounding the announced measures.

“I had a frank discussion with the US side about the serious pending issue of steel and aluminum tariffs. As a close security and trade partner of the United States, the European Union must be excluded from the announced measures.

No immediate clarity on the exact US procedure for exemption however, so discussions will continue next,” she said. (end)

Source: Kuwait News Agency