Japan and the United States have planned talks to resolve the tariff dispute

U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai and the Japanese Secretary of Commerce have agreed to work to resolve the dispute over U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

Tai and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda met on Wednesday for discussions that followed Trade Minister Gina Raimondo’s visit earlier this week.

It is also due to the doubling of large economies in an attempt to curb overproduction in both industries.

METI said in a statement that the parties had confirmed their plans to negotiate to resolve the tariff issue and address global overcapacity.

Officials “also discussed the United States’ commitment to the India-Pacific region, market-distorting measures,” and cooperation in preparing for World Trade Organization ministerial talks. Negotiations are scheduled to begin on November 30 in Geneva.

Trump imposed additional tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, citing the need to protect American industry. This movement angered U.S. allies in Japan, South Korea and Europe.

In meetings with Tain and Raimondo, the Japanese authorities said they were emphatic in resolving the customs problem.

The United States and the EU recently resolved their dispute over punitive tariffs when the United States agreed to increase imports from the bloc. The agreement helped prevent the introduction of billions of dollars in retaliatory duties on imports of American products such as Harley Davidson motorcycles and Kentucky bourbon. These obligations were due to take effect in December.


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