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US Initiates Washing Machine Trade Investigation

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com,Washington

08 January 2016


The Commerce Department (Commerce) has initiated an anti-dumping (AD) investigation into imports into the United States of large residential washing machines from China.

In 2013, Commerce and the US International Trade Commission (ITC) approved trade remedies covering imports of large residential washing machines produced by Samsung and LG in South Korea and Mexico.

In a petition filed on December 16, 2015, Whirlpool Corporation alleged that Samsung and LG have sought to avoid AD duties by moving their production operations to China. The new AD margin is estimated at 68.92 to 109.04 percent.

Whirlpool argues that both companies are now selling Chinese-made washing machines in the US at less than domestic market prices – a practice known as "dumping."

Marc Bitzer, Whirlpool's President and Chief Operating Officer, said: "Samsung and LG have blatantly ignored a previous US government order by continuing to dump washers into the United States."

The new petition covers full-size top-load clothes washers and full-size front-load clothes washers. It also includes certain washer components for large residential clothes washer cabinets, tubs, and baskets/drums. In 2014, imports of such washing machines from China were valued at an estimated USD899.4m.

The ITC is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determination on or before February 1, 2016. If the ITC determines that there is a reasonable indication that imports of washing machines from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the US domestic industry, the AD investigation will continue and Commerce will be scheduled to make its preliminary determination in May this year.

TAGS: tax | anti-dumping | China | Mexico | manufacturing | trade disputes | Korea, South | United States | trade

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