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South Korea faced 40 import restrictions from U.S.

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South Korea faced far more import restrictions from the United States than any other country in February amid Washington's growing trade pressure on its ally.

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Asia's fourth-largest economy was subject to 196 import regulations from the rest of the world as of Monday, with the U.S. accounting for 40 of them, the highest number, according to the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).

Of the American restrictions, 30 cases were anti-dumping investigations, eight were countervailing duties, and two were safeguards.

The U.S. launched a probe into two cases in January, but there were no new investigations into South Korean products.

By product, import restrictions on steel and metals were the highest at 28, followed by electrical and electronics with five. The remainder were in place for chemicals and textile products.

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