Friday, April 30, 1999 Published at 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Business: The Economy
US on trade warpath
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The United States has gone on the trade warpath, filing seven complaints with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) - against India, Canada, Argentina and two each against the European Union and South Korea.
The cases were announced in the annual report by the US Trade Representative, Charlene Barshefsky, to Congress.
Mrs Barshefsky said: "These actions underscore the administration's commitment to ensuring full compliance with existing WTO obligations."
She said that action against foreign government practices conflicting with existing international obligations would enable "the United States to open markets to US exports" and "identify US priorities for our future trade negotiations".
The seven cases are:
The report also said it would start an investigation into Canadian tourism practices, which allegedly hurts US hotel and other businesses on the border with its northern neighbour.
The actions are taken under US laws, identifying trade practices by other countries that allegedly harm US commerce.
In the past, the annual report was used to launch trade proceedings that often led to unilateral sanctions against Japan and other trade partners.
In recent years it has been used to identify cases the Washington government wants to bring before the WTO.
The US government is already involved in a number of trade disputes, over banana imports into the European Union, beef exports to the EU and so-called 'hush kits' to muffle noise from older aircraft.
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