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Canada takes United States to WTO in complaint over trade remedies

Reuters  |  GENEVA 

By Tom Miles

(Reuters) - has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, said in filing dated Dec. 20 and published on Wednesday.

appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited almost 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, and the

The 32-page complaint homed in on technical details of the U.S. trade rulebook, ranging from the U.S. treatment of export controls to the use of retroactive duties and split decisions by the six-member

said U.S. procedures broke the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties - punitive tariffs to restrict imports that are unfairly priced or subsidised in order to beat the competition - are a core component of Washington's trade arsenal, and frequently used to defend U.S. interests.

Such tariffs are allowed under rules but they are subject to strict conditions.

The has been under fire for years about the way it calculates unfair pricing, or dumping. It has already lost a string of disputes after its calculation methodology was ruled to be out of line with the rulebook.

Under Donald Trump, the has threatened to expand the use of punitive duties against and has angered by refusing to accede to China's demand to be treated as any other "market economy".

Trump has also upset by slapping punitive tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber exports, leading to a challenge by at the and the North American Agreement.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by and Alison Williams)

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:55 IST