WTO blames EU for weakness in safeguard tariff investigation

By Alex Lawson (April 29, 2022, 4:12 p.m. EDT) – A World Trade Organization panel rattled European Union steel safeguard tariffs in a ruling released Friday, siding with the claims by the Turkish government that the trading bloc has failed to justify its restrictions imposed by global trade rules.

Brussels imposed temporary restrictions on steel in 2018 and 2019 in response to a surge in imports caused by what it called “unforeseen developments”. But the WTO said the EU trade commission was unable to show that these unforeseen developments had actually caused the surge in imports.

One such development was the Trump administration’s 2018 imposition of tariffs on national security steel under Section 232 of the Trade…

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