U.S. commission recommends tariffs to curb Samsung, LG washer imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Worldwide Commerce Commission on Tuesday advisable tariffs to maintain Samsung and LG from flooding the U.S. market with cheap washers, a step that may shield American equipment big Whirlpool Corp.

The brand of Samsung Electronics is seen in entrance of its workplace constructing in Seoul, South Korea, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The ITC stated a graduated tariff price needs to be positioned on imports of huge residential washing machines above a 1.2 million-unit threshold in every of the following three years, with the speed beginning at 50 p.c the primary yr and sliding down to 40 p.c by the third yr.

The panel was break up on whether or not tariffs needs to be imposed if fewer than 1.2 million models had been imported in any given yr.

Whirlpool shares moved greater on information of the advice, and had been up greater than 2.6 p.c in midafternoon commerce.

President Donald Trump is anticipated to decide on the advice by early subsequent yr.

The ITC discovered final month that surging washer imports harmed home producers, though it didn’t discover that washers made particularly in South Korea, already topic to anti-dumping duties, had been accountable.

Lawmakers from South Carolina, the place Samsung is constructing a manufacturing facility, had written to the ITC to ask that any treatments not be too extreme.

Whirlpool introduced the case below Part 201 of the U.S. Commerce Act of 1974 searching for “world safeguard” restrictions to shield its market. It’s one in all two main current instances counting on Part 201, a statute that had not been invoked since 2002, when then-President George W. Bush imposed momentary tariffs on metal imports.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Further reporting by David Lawder; modifying by Cynthia Osterman and Jonathan Oatis

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