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Import Restrictions to be Considered on Clothes Washers

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has determined that large residential washers are being imported in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause or threat of serious injury to a U.S. industry. However, the ITC made negative findings with respect to imports of such goods from Canada, Mexico, and all other countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement.

The ITC will now proceed to the remedy phase of this section 201 global safeguard investigation. The relief being sought is a three-year tariff-rate quota that would permit a base level of subject goods to enter the U.S. without safeguard tariffs. The ITC will hold a public hearing on remedy Oct. 19 and will submit its remedy recommendations to the president by Dec. 4. The president will make the final decision on whether and what kind of relief to provide, including with respect to imports from FTA countries.

The articles covered by this investigation are all LRWs and certain parts thereof. For purposes of this investigation, the term LRW denotes all automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of the orientation of the rotational axis, with a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of at least 24.5 inches (62.23 cm) and no more than 32.0 inches (81.28 cm). Also covered are the following LRW parts: (1) all cabinets, or portions thereof, designed for use in LRWs; (2) all assembled tubs designed for use in LRWs that incorporate, at a minimum, a tub and a seal; (3) all assembled baskets designed for use in LRWs that incorporate, at a minimum, a side wrapper, a base, and a drive hub; and (4) any combination of the foregoing parts or subassemblies. The goods covered by this investigation are provided for under HTSUS 8450.20.00 and may also be imported under HTSUS 8450.11.00, 8450.90.20, and 8450.90.60.

Excluded from the investigation are stacked washer‐dryers, commercial washers, and automatic clothes washing machines that meet specified conditions.

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