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Safeguard TRQ on Imported Washing Machines to be Allocated Quarterly

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

President Trump has announced that for the third and final year of the safeguard tariff-rate quota on imports of large residential washing machines, the in-quota quantity will be allocated on a quarterly basis. The president said spreading the in-quota quantity throughout the year is designed to prevent circumvention of the TRQ and eliminate the possibility that a higher concentration of imports within a limited period would distort the quantity of washers in the U.S. market.

The washing machine TRQ (see below for details) was imposed Jan. 23, 2018, and is scheduled to remain in place through Feb. 7, 2021. It applies to washers provided for in HTSUS 8450.11.00 and 8540.20.00 as well as washer parts provided for in HTSUS 8450.90.20 and 8450.90.60.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

First 1.2 million units




All subsequent imports




Covered parts




Exempt parts

50,000 units

70,000 units

90,000 units


Under a Jan. 23 presidential proclamation, 300,000 units will be eligible for the in-quota duty rate (which will decline from 18 percent to 16 percent as of Feb. 7) during each of the following periods: Feb. 7 through May 6, May 7 through Aug. 6, Aug. 7 through Nov. 6, and Nov. 7 through Feb. 7.

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