China has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute consultations with the United States concerning certain U.S. duties imposed on imports of steel and aluminum products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 9 April 2018.
As noted in a WTO release, China claims the duties of 25% and 10% on imports of steel and aluminum products, respectively—referred to as the section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs—are inconsistent with WTO agreements. The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a WTO panel.
China previously requested WTO consultations concerning other U.S. tariff measures—tariffs that would apply on certain Chinese goods, and referred to as tariffs under sections 301-310. Read TaxNewsFlash-Trade & Customs
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