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Tariffs, commodities set to send ASX lower

Australian shares look to start lower, mirroring turmoil in global equity markets spurred by prospects of a Sino-US trade war.

Australian commodity stocks might bear the brunt of the fall on Thursday as oil and base metal prices also slumped after Washington threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The local share price index futures fell 0.1 per cent or 8 points, to 6,166.

The benchmark lost 0.7 per cent on Wednesday.

The Australian dollar was worth 73.62 US cents at 0835 AEST, slipping from 74.10 on Wednesday.