Background

The International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation that could result in the extension of the section 201 safeguard on imports of large residential washing machines. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5, pre-hearing briefs are due by Oct. 26, and post-hearing briefs and other written comments are due by Nov. 12.

This safeguard, which currently imposes a 16 percent tariff on the first 1.2 million units and a 40 percent tariff on all subsequent imports, was imposed Jan. 23, 2018, and is scheduled to expire Feb. 7, 2021. A domestic manufacturer has requested that the ITC investigate whether this safeguard continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury and whether there is evidence that the domestic industry is making a positive adjustment to import competition.

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