PLANS to impose 100 per cent retaliatory duties on US exports of ball-point, felt-tipped, fountain and stylograph pens, as well as propelling or sliding pencils, pen-holders, pencil-holders, plus caps and clips have been postponed from June 18 to September 30 after Washington started backing down and removing a number of its steel tariffs. The European Commission stressed that the duties could still be imposed later, if the US did not make further concessions.

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