Brussels has imposed tariffs on US products worth 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in response to the US president's decision to hit Europe with 25-percent tariffs on steel imports and 10-percent duties on aluminum. The tariffs also targeted Canada, Mexico, and other close allies.
The list was sent by the EU to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on May 18, on the threshold of Washington's determination to go through with the imposed tariffs.
Some highlights from the EU's list:
- jeans, bed linen, shoes
- motorbikes and boats
- food and drinks
- cigarettes, cigars, cheroots
The list does not accurately define trademarks and brands but European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker noted earlier in March that the EU would target "Harley-Davidson, bourbon and Levi's jeans" and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has admitted that some iconic American goods were targeted to "make noise" and apply pressure on the US.
According to the trade representatives, European consumers would be able to find "alternatives" for the goods mentioned.
Transatlantic relations have seriously deteriorated since Donald Trump accused his partners and allies of taking advantage of the US in terms of trade following the recent G7 summit.