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USITC Says Relief for U.S. Large Residential Washers Industry Continues to be Necessary

November 25, 2020
News Release 20-138-C
Inv. No. TA-201-76 (Extension)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Says Relief for U.S. Large Residential Washers Industry Continues to be Necessary

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that import relief provided to the U.S. large residential washers industry beginning in 2018 continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury to the U.S. industry, and that the domestic industry is making a positive adjustment to import competition.

The Commission will forward its report on its investigation and determination to the President by December 8, 2020.  The President will make the final decision on whether to extend the import relief. 

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

The Commission’s public report Large Residential Washers (Inv. No. TA-201-076 (Extension), USITC Publication 5144, December 2020) will include the Commission’s findings and recommendations. 

The report will be available by December 8, 2020 (note corrected date); when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.

Background

On January 23, 2018, following an affirmative injury determination by the Commission under the global safeguard law, the President imposed tariff rate quotas on imports of certain large residential washers and parts thereof.  The remedy took effect on February 7, 2018, for a period of three years and one day.

Unless extended, the relief action will terminate on February 7, 2021.  On August 3, 2020, the Commission instituted this investigation, upon receipt of a petition filed by Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, MI, requesting an extension of the relief action.

In accordance with the safeguard law, the Commission conducted an investigation to determine whether the relief provided by the President continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury and whether there is evidence that the industry is making a positive adjustment to import competition.

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