U.S. still concerned about Russian car levy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said on Friday it still has concerns about a recycling fee Russia imposes on cars even though the country recently extended the levy to cover domestic as well as imported vehicles.

Russia joined the World Trade Organization only last year and a vehicle recycling fee, originally imposed only on foreign cars, was the subject of the first complaint filed against it under international trade rules.

In its first annual report to Congress on Russia's compliance with WTO commitments, the U.S. Trade Representative noted Russia had moved to extend the fee to domestic manufacturers after complaints by the European Union, Japan and the United States.

"Some concerns remain, however, concerning the overall level and calculation of the fee," the USTR said in its report. "The United States will monitor the implementation of the new law to ensure its compliance with Russia's WTO commitments."

The levy is meant to cover the future cost of scrapping vehicles at the end of their useful lives.

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