The countries of the European Union are trying to create new alliances amid increased trade tensions with the United States and are planning to start free trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, Reuters reports. The EU expects that if the relevant trade agreements are concluded, then the EU's exports to these two countries may increase by one third. Reuters writes that the prospect of introducing US import tariffs on steel and aluminum, as well as possible US sanctions against Iran, may limit the activities of European companies. The EU has already concluded trade agreements with Japan, Mexico and Singapore. It is currently negotiating with the Mercosur bloc, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.