The European Union will start taxing on Friday (June 22) a range of imports from the U.S., including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes, peanut butter and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.
NBC News reported that the 28-nation EU’s trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom, said Wednesday the bloc would introduce the tariffs on about $3.4 billion worth of U.S. products. The tariffs, which had been announced earlier this year, had previously been expected to come into force next month.
The trade targets include typical American exports, such as bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice, in a way that seems designed to create the most political pressure on Mr. Trump and U.S. politicians.
“We are left with no other choice,” Malmstrom said in a statement. Mr. Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the EU on June 1. Europeans claim that is simply protectionism and breaks global trade rules.
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