The US wants to impose import duties on six countries, because these countries have introduced a so-called digital tax.

This tax mainly affects American tech companies, such as Google and Facebook.

Washington therefore wants to tax products from the UK, Turkey, Italy and Spain, among others, reports

Bloomberg

news agency

Monday, based on documents from the US government.

The value of the taxes that the US wants to introduce can be as much as 1 billion dollars (850 million euros) per year.

That amount is roughly equal to the digital tax that countries impose on mainly American companies.

These include duties on merry-go-rounds and make-up from the UK, caviar and handbags from Italy, carpets from Turkey and shoes from Spain.

Austria has to pay import tax for microscopes and telescopes, among other things.

The US also wants to introduce taxes on gold jewelery from India.

The rates can be as high as 25 percent.

There are no plans for levies on Dutch goods.

The introduction of a digital tax has been the subject of discussion for some time.

Currently, the US and Europe are looking for a solution under the umbrella of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The US government says it wants to cooperate in a solution, but keeps all options open.