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India takes US steel tariffs complaint to World Trade Organization

India, China, Russia, Japan, Turkey and the European Union have all dismissed that claim, regarding the US tariffs as 'safeguards' under the WTO rules

Reuters  |  Geneva 

US President Donald Trump | Photo: Reuters

has launched a complaint against the US to challenge US President Donald Trump's tariffs on and aluminium, a filing published by the World Trade Organization showed on Wednesday.

Indian officials told Reuters last month that their government would open a WTO dispute if the country's firms were not granted an exemption.

Trump imposed the tariffs in March, levying 25 per cent on imports and 10 percent on He said they were justified by national security concerns and therefore outside the WTO's remit.

India, China, Russia, Japan, and have all dismissed that claim, regarding the US tariffs as "safeguards" under the WTO rules, entitling them to a combined $3.5 billion in annual compensation. India’s retaliation claim seeks to recoup a cost of $31 million levied on its exports and $134 million on steel, and it has said it could target US exports of soya oil, palmolein and cashew nuts in its retaliation. Its latest legal challenge seeks to force the United States to scrap the tariffs entirely. It follows a similar move last month by China, which Washington called "completely baseless".

First Published: Thu, May 24 2018. 00:48 IST