WTO approved the creation of an arbitration group on the dispute over the US duties on steel and aluminum

Geneva, 22 November / Xinhua / — the dispute settlement Body/ DSB / WTO decided to establish an arbitration group on the dispute over the introduction in the USA the additional duties on steel and aluminum. The group was requested by China, the EU, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Russia and Turkey.

March 8 this year, the President of the United States Donald Trump announced the introduction of a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent — for the import of aluminum under the pretext of protecting “national security.” On 23 March, the new customs measures officially entered into force.

On 29 October, the above-mentioned WTO members demanded the establishment of an expert group to assess the compliance of customs duties with WTO rules.
According to the Chinese side, the vast majority of WTO members believe that the introduction of the US duties does not comply with the basic principles of the WTO, this step has had a serious systemic impact on the organization.

Canada considers the rationale for the US steel and aluminum tariffs to be “unthinkable” in the interests of national security.

Norway stressed that the WTO would lose the force of enforcement if excuses on “national security interests” were adopted.
In addition, during the DSB meeting, the request for the establishment of an arbitration group in a dispute about the American tariff was filed by India and Switzerland.