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The European Commission on Wednesday gave permission for a 25% duty on US imports covering a range of products, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi Strauss jeans, USA -made playing cards, and bourbon whiskey, reports Bloomberg.

The European Union on Friday will slap billions in additional tariffs on USA exports in reaction to President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE's steel and aluminum tariffs.

"We did not want to be in this position".

The Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on 2.8 billion euros ($3.2 billion) worth of US goods, including steel and aluminum products, farm produce such as sweetcorn and peanuts, bourbon, jeans and motor-bikes.

The tariffs, which come as a direct reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to hit the European Union with tariffs on steel and aluminum, will apply from Friday, the Commission said in a press release.

The commission formally adopted the new tariffs, allowing them to come into effect on June 22.

Separately it is also pursuing the case with the World Trade Organisation, arguing that the White House's reasons for the tariffs - that the glut of steel and aluminium poses a security threat - are not valid.

Blue jeans may be among the products that will be hit by retaliatory tariffs announced by the European Union against the United States.

The EU's executive body would have to persuade fellow EU member states to back a radical free-trade approach many have shown little interest in, said Dow Jones.

In March, Trump made a decision to hit importers with a tariff of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

Canada and Mexico followed with tit-for-tat tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminium.

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