CLOTHING imports from the United States are to bear the brunt of retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union because of the erection of controversial 'safeguard' duties by Washington to protect the American steel industry.

The European Commission has announced that it is asking EU ministers to approve a selected range of products, where the levying of duty will cause the most pain to US exporters, in a bid to force the Bush administration to drop its steel tariffs.

These EU duties will be high, (100 per cent), and will ...

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