WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Case You Missed It, Politico recently reported on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s unanimous vote to continue to apply import duties on large residential washing machines. Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) testified on behalf of Ohio Whirlpool workers, once again urging the ITC to recommend that President Trump extend safeguard tariffs to ensure Whirlpool and its workers get sufficient relief from unfair trade practices of foreign competitors. Last month, Brown sent a letter to the International Trade Commission (ITC) urging the same thing. For years, Brown has led efforts to help Whirlpool workers in Clyde.

“Whirlpool workers in Clyde are the best in the world at what they do, and all they’re asking for is a level playing field to compete,” said Brown. “I’m glad the ITC heeded our calls to protect these workers. Now, President Trump must follow up with swift action to extend these tariffs, keep these safeguards in place and crack down on countries like China that use unfair trade practices that hurt workers and businesses in our state.”

The Politico story can be found here and below:


ITC backs continued duties on washing machines after Whirlpool's request 

By: Doug Palmer 

November 25, 2020

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to allow President Donald Trump to continue applying import duties on large residential washing machines that he first imposed in early 2018.

How we got here: Trump imposed a tariff-rate quota on imports of the washing machines and parts for three years and one day, expiring on Feb. 7, 2021. That was in response to petition that Whirlpool filed claiming that a surge in imports from foreign suppliers threatened its viability.

Whirlpool formally requested an extension of Trump's order in August. The ITC voted on Wednesday that Trump's import relief continues to be necessary "to prevent or remedy serious injury" to U.S. industry. It also determined that Whirlpool is making "positive adjustment" to its foreign competition.

Next step: The ITC will formally deliver its report and recommendations to the White House by Dec. 8. It will then be up to Trump, who leaves office on Jan. 20, to decide what additional relief to provide.