Norway requests for consultation with WTO on US steel and aluminum tariffs


Norway requests for consultation with WTO on US steel and aluminum tariffs

Original title: Norway on the U. S. steel and aluminum tariff to WTO consultations to the WTO request in Beijing, June Xinhua News: Norway foreign ministry, the local time 12 issued a statement that the World Trade Organization on the same day to the World Trade Organization on import of steel and aluminum products to raise tariffs on the United States to raise consultations request.

According to the website of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Norway, Norway foreign minister Ina Sered said in a statement that the Norway side considered the United States to impose additional tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products in violation of the WTO rules, and therefore asked the WTO for consultations.

Sered said that for an open small country like Norway, it is essential to ensure that international trade standards are respected by all parties. If anyone violates the rules, no matter a single country or an international economy will be affected. Ensuring good international trade environment of steel and aluminum is very important for Norway and Norway related industries.

Sered pointed out that the US disregard of WTO rules has weakened the country's credibility in the field of international trade and may undermine the multilateral trading system based on that rule.

The statement also said that the request for consultation was the first step in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. If the consultation fails, Norway can draw the WTO to set up an expert group to try the case.

According to Reuters, the United States announced in March that it would impose tariffs of 25% and 10% on imported steel and aluminum products respectively. The explanation from the US side is that the import of steel and aluminum products jeopardize the "national security" of the United States. After the entry into force of tariff measures, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and India have moved the US action to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. (finish)


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