EU, US to temporarily suspend tariffs

EU, US to temporarily suspend tariffs

Brussels: The European Union and the United States have decided to temporarily suspend measures at the heart of a steel tariff dispute that is seen as one of the major trade issues dividing the two sides.

With the decision, we are walking the talk in our efforts to reboot the transatlantic relationship, said EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis.

The issue goes back to the tariffs that then-President Donald Trump slapped on EU steel and aluminum, which enraged Europeans and other allies by calling their metals a threat to U.S. national security.

The Article 232 proceeding both hurts European producers and has raised the cost of steel for American companies.

Europe retaliated by raising tariffs on U.S.-made motorcycles, bourbon, peanut butter and jeans, among other items.

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