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Large Residential Washers from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

January 10, 2017
News Release 17-008
Inv. No. 731-TA-1306 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Large Residential Washers from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of large residential washers from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value. 

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from China.

The Commission’s public report Large Residential Washers from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1306 (Final), USITC Publication 4666, January 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by February 15, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Large Residential Washers from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1306 (Final)

Product Description:  Large residential washers are all automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of the orientation of the rotational axis of the washing drum, 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), except as noted below. Also covered are certain parts used in large residential washers, including cabinets, assembled tubs, assembled baskets, and any combination of such parts or subassemblies. Excluded from the scope are stacked washer-dryers that are built on a unitary frame and share a common console that controls both the washer and the dryer. Also excluded are commercial washers that are designed for the “pay per use” market that incorporate electronics for payment systems. Further excluded are washers that have drivetrains using belts, and extra wide, front loading washers with a horizontal rotational axis. Large residential washers are principally used in households for washing clothes.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, MI.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  December 16, 2015.
4. USITC hearing: December 7, 2016.
5. USITC vote: January 10, 2017.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: January 30, 2017.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. producers in 2015:  4.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015:  [1]              
4. U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments in 2015:  1
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015:  1
6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 1

U.S. Imports in 2015:
1. From the subject country during 2015:  1
2. From other countries during 2015:  1
3. Leading sources during 2015: 1

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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