The US crude oil fell as much as 1.6% to U$$61.3 a barrel on Tuesday, after US Trade Representative Lighthizer confirmed that higher tariffs on Chinese goods will take effect on Friday. However, OPEC supply cuts and US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela softened the drop in prices, while investors await the API release later in the day. Brent crude oil dropped 1.7% to US$69.8 a barrel around 11:00 AM New York time.