EU should consider trade complaint in US steel spat, German foreign minister says

German official says the US calculations contradicted WTO rules and were intended to protect US steelmakers.

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister says the European Union should consider filing a trade case against the US over Washington’s decision to impose anti-dumping duties on steel imported from Europe.

Among the companies that would be affected by the tariffs are two German steelmakers, Salzgitter AG and Dillinger Huette.

Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement that the US calculations contradicted World Trade Organization rules and were intended to protect US steelmakers “by putting the better German steel industry at a disadvantage.”

Gabriel noted that it was the first anti-dumping procedure launched by the new US administration.

He called the US move unacceptable, and urged the EU to examine whether to file a WTO case.

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