Section 201 Safeguards Implemented on Large Residential Washers

I.  Effective Period: February 7, 2018 – February 7, 2021. 

II.  In-Scope Products:  

A.  washers provided for in subheadings 8450.11.00 and 8450.20.00;

B.  all cabinets, or portions thereof, designed for use in washers, and all assembled baskets designed for use in washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a side wrapper, a base, and a drive hub, provided for in subheading 8450.90.60;

C.  all assembled tubs designed for use in washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a tub and a seal, provided for in subheading 8450.90.20; and

D.  any combination of the foregoing parts or subassemblies, provided for in subheadings 8450.90.20 or 8450.90.60.

III.  Excluded Products:

A.  all stacked washer-dryers and all commercial washers:

     (1)   where “stacked washer-dryers” signifies distinct washing and drying machines that are built on a unitary frame and share a common console that controls the washer and dryer; 

     (2)   where “commercial washer” signifies an automatic clothes washing machine designed for the “pay per use” segment, satisfying the definitions in paragraph 17(c)(2(A)(ii) of the attached Annex. 

Please contact our office for a copy of the Annex. 

B.  automatic clothes washing machines that satisfy all of the following criteria:

     (1)   have a vertical rotational axis;

     (2)   are top loading; and

     (3)   have a drive train consisting, inter alia, of a permanent split capacitor motor, a belt drive and a flat wrap spring clutch.

C.  automatic clothes washing machines that satisfy all of the following criteria:

     (1)   have a horizontal rotational axis;

     (2)   are front loading; and

     (3)   have a drive train consisting, inter alia, of a controlled induction motor and a belt drive.

D.  automatic clothes washing machines that satisfy all of the following criteria:

     (1)   have a horizontal rotational axis;

     (2)   are front loading; and

     (3)   have a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of more than 72.39 cm. 

IV.  Countries Affected

A.  Applies to imports from all countries except:

(1)   Canada; and

(2)   the following developing countries that are members of the World Trade Organization, provided such a country’s share of total imports of the product, based on imports during a recent representative period, does not exceed 3 percent, provided that imports from all such countries with less than 3 percent import share collectively account for not more than 9 percent of total imports of the product: 

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Island, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen (Republic of), Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

 V.             Safeguard Tariff/Quota:

Chapter 99 Provision

Affected HTSUS subheadings

Household-type (residential) washing machines, including machines which both wash and dry, whether or not with a dry linen capacity exceeding 10 kg, as defined in note 17(c) to this subchapter and provided for in subheading 8450.11.00 or 8450.20.00 (see Annex), when entered from a country other than an excluded country.

Tariff Rate Change

Time Period

9903.45.01

8450.11.00 or 8450.20.00

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity not exceeding 1.2 million units

20%

Feb. 7, 2018 – Feb. 6, 2019 

18%

Feb. 7, 2019 – Feb. 6, 2020

16%

Feb. 7, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021

9903.45.02

8450.11.00 or 8450.20.00

If entered over the 1.2 million unit quota.

50%

Feb. 7, 2018 – Feb. 6, 2019 

45%

Feb. 7, 2019 – Feb. 6, 2020

40%

Feb. 7, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021

 

Chapter 99 Provision

Affected HTSUS subheadings

Parts of household-type (residential) washing machines (such machines described in subheading 9903.45.01 and 9903.45.02 and defined in note 17(c) to this subchapter), such parts provided for in subheading 8450.90.20 or 8450.90.60, and enumerated in note 17(f) to this subchapter (see Annex), when entered from a country other than an excluded country.

Tariff Rate Change

Time Period

9903.45.05

8450.90.20 or 8450.90.60

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity not exceeding 50,000 units

None

Feb. 7, 2018 – Feb. 6, 2019 

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity not exceeding 70,000 units

None

Feb. 7, 2019 – Feb. 6, 2020

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity not exceeding 90,000 units

None

Feb. 7, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021

9903.45.06

8450.90.20 or 8450.90.60

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity exceeding 50,000 units

50%

Feb. 7, 2018 – Feb. 6, 2019 

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity exceeding 70,000 units

45%

Feb. 7, 2019 – Feb. 6, 2020

If entered in an annual aggregate quantity exceeding 90,000 units

40%

Feb. 7, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021

VI.       Comments:

  • For purposes of subheadings 9903.45.01 and 9903.45.02, “household-type (residential) washing machines, including machines which both wash and dry, whether or not with a dry linen capacity exceeding 10 kg” shall include: “automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of the orientation of the rotational axis, each with a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of at least 62.23 cm and no more than 81.28 cm,” except as provided in the Annex.
  • Safeguard tariff increases are in addition to applicable normal duty rates and any AD/CVD rates in effect;
  • We are available to review products to determine whether they would fall within one of the express exclusions, or to address any other questions related to this case.

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