The European Union will impose additional 25 percent tariffs on a range
of U.S. products on Friday in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum,
the European Commission announced Wednesday 22 June 2018.
The list of U.S. imports worth 2.8 billion
euros includes a vast range of items, such as cranberry, orange juice, peanut
butter, jeans, cosmetics, motorcycles, and steel products.
While the list did not name specific
brands, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European commission, have
warned that the EU intends to tax items such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles and
Some analysts believe that the EU's
retaliatory tariffs mainly targeted agricultural products from red states to
put pressure on the Republicans in the mid-term election.
U.S. President Donald Trump signed
executive orders in March to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10
percent tariffs on aluminum imports, but granted temporary exemptions to the
EU, Canada and Mexico. The U.S. eventually ended the exemptions at the start of
The EU's second-phase countermeasures are
expected to begin in March 2021, which involves 10 percent, 25 percent, 35
percent, and 50 percent tariffs on different US products approximately 3.6
billion euros in total worth.