Turkey files complaint with WTO over US metals tariffs

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) said in a press release on Monday that Turkey had filed a complaint against US metals tariffs, Sputnik reported.

“Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States concerning additional import duties imposed by the United States on steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 20 August,” the release said.

Turkey and the United States have 60 days to find a solution through discussions; otherwise, Turkey can request adjudication by a panel.

Last week, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said Ankara would challenge Washington’s decision to double tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey at the WTO.

On Aug. 10, US President Donald Trump authorized the doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkish imports, to 50 and 20 percent, respectively, which resulted in the Turkish lira falling to a new historic low.

On Wednesday a Turkish court rejected Washington’s latest appeal for the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is standing trial in Turkey on disputed “terrorism” charges. Later the same day, Turkey increased tariffs on imports of some US products.

US-Turkish bilateral relations have deteriorated since Brunson’s detention in Turkey in 2016. The pastor was released from prison in late July and placed under house arrest.

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