Free and Fair Trade
Taking A Stand When It Matters Most
We believe competition is healthy and breeds innovation. That’s why we support free and fair trade and promote an open global trading system that benefits our consumers, employees and the entire home appliance industry. Enforcing open, rules-based trade policies ensures the highest level of investment, innovation and choice for consumers around the world. Supporting free and fair trade increases industry access and incentivizes innovation globally, helping us to protect jobs and ensure continued innovation and investment in the appliance industry.
Fair and Free Trade Cases
As a result of petitions filed by Whirlpool in 2011 and 2015, the International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that Samsung, LG and Electrolux violated U.S. and international trade laws by dumping large residential washers into the U.S. at below-cost prices. The ITC implemented antidumping duties on certain washers imported from South Korea, Mexico, and China, and countervailing duties on certain washers from South Korea.
Whirlpool then filed a safeguard petition in May 2017 to address our concerns that Samsung and LG are evading U.S. trade laws by moving production from countries covered by antidumping orders. A safeguard remedy went into effect in February 2018, implementing tariffs on finished washers and certain covered parts until February 2021. The safeguard remedy capped off a decade-long effort to prevent foreign competitors from circumventing U.S. trade laws. The ITC is responsible for monitoring the impact of the safeguard remedy and conducted a review during 2019. Following that review, the President modified the order in December 2019 to ensure it remains effective. On August 3, 2020, Whirlpool filed a petition with the ITC seeking an extension of the safeguard because the remedy continues to be necessary to prevent and remedy the actions of foreign competitors. On November 25, 2020 the ITC made a unanimous affirmative determination that the safeguard remedy should be extended. On December 8, 2020, the ITC issued a report to the President recommending a two year extension of the safeguard remedy that would maintain tariffs on finished washers and certain covered parts until February 2023. The President will decide whether to extend the safeguard remedy.
On March 29, 2019, the ITC voted 5-0 to extend antidumping duties on large residential washer imports from Mexico. The ITC also voted to end antidumping and countervailing duties on large residential washer imports from South Korea. Samsung and LG have shifted large residential washer production out of South Korea. This decision concludes a review that required the ITC to determine whether the orders are still needed to prevent unlawful dumping and subsidization of washers from Mexico and South Korea.
The ITC’s determination is limited to the Mexico and South Korea antidumping and countervailing duty orders. Importantly, the global safeguard remedy remains in effect. The vast majority of large residential washers imported into the U.S. are covered by the safeguard tariffs, which is in effect until February 2021 unless it is extended (see above).
Invested in Our Communities
It’s our home. It’s where we create jobs, invest in our people and support our fellow community members. We believe great communities are the foundation of great business. In the U.S., where our company started as a family business 107 years ago, more than 80 percent of what is sold in the U.S. is assembled in the U.S. We have 20,600 U.S. employees, 15,000 of whom work in one of our nine manufacturing sites. To us, investing in our communities is a down payment on our future.
- Nine U.S. manufacturing facilities
- Over 4,000 high-tech employees at Michigan-based global headquarters
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We partner with community organizations, our employees and brands to support good causes that create collective community impact where our employees and customers live. In addition, globally our employees volunteer 400,312 hours every year to support our signature charities and community non-profit organizations.
Our U.S. Investment
- Of the products we make, more than 80% of those sold in the U.S. are assembled in the U.S.
- More appliance manufacturing employees in the U.S. than any of our major competitors
- $1.1B+ in capital and R&D globally
- 100% U.S. and Canada call center employees based in U.S.