The European Union drew up the list in March but pledged not activate it unless US President Donald Trump followed through on his threat to impose tariffs on steel imports and aluminium.
Separately, the Chinese government announced in a statement late Wednesday that it would further cut import tariffs on daily consumer goods from July 1.
On Tuesday White House said that sanctions announced in March were still in the works and that details would be announced in the coming month.
The statement comes as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross prepares to travel to Beijing this week for another round of talks aimed at resolving the conflict.
Russia began a challenge against the US tariffs at the WTO last month, but the document now qualifies those as "safeguard measures".
Brazil was one of several countries, along with the European Union, threatened with tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports to the United States and 10 per cent on aluminum.
The two countries have traded threats and heated rhetoric in recent days, ratcheting up fears that the world's two biggest economies are heading towards a damaging trade war.
Australia's central bank chief Wednesday slammed Donald Trump's decision to levy steel tariffs as 'bad policy' and warned of 'a very big shock' to the global economy if it sparks retaliation.
Turkey, home to a major textile industry and companies that supply global fashion brands such as Zara, Adidas and Nike, imported USD 519 million worth of US cotton in 2016.
The International Monetary Fund warned Friday that the steel and aluminum tariffs announced by President Donald Trump will harm the US and global economies.
Trump's announcement on imposing steep import tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) was met by tanking stock markets from Japan to Europe
Trump triggered a furore on Thursday by announcing he would set tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium to protect US producers.
Small 'window of opportunity' to avoid trade war: EU drafts list of US goods to target over President Donald Trump's tariffs
The European Commission is drafting a list of products upon which it could impose heavy taxes to send "a political message" to Donald Trump post his steel tariff announcement.
Trump ended rumor and counter-rumor about his administration’s intent by saying that "next week" he would sign off on measures designed to protect US producers.