EU, Japan seek exemptions from Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum


The European Union and Japan urged the United States on Saturday to grant them exemptions from metal import tariffs, with Tokyo calling for "calm-headed behaviour" in a dispute that threatens to spiral into a trade war. US President Donald Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium, to come into force in 15 days.

But he exempted Canada and Mexico and held out the possibility of excluding other allies. After meetings with US trade envoy Robert Lighthizer in Brussels, EU and Japanese.

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