The World Trade Organisation on Friday imposed penalties on a range of US exports including textiles.

The sanctions were approved as a punishment against the Byrd amendment, an illicit US anti-dumping law, after protests by the European Union, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, India, and Chile.

The White House indicated it would accept the penalties in the short term, but warned that the nation would aggressively protect its trading interests.

The WTO ruled the Byrd amendment illegal two years ago. The law allows American companies who complain about foreign rivals to receive payment from antidumping duties collected by the US.

EU trade chief Peter Mandelson said the sanctions could be applied early next year.

Although the value of the sanctions hasn't been determined, they could come to more than $150 million a year.