8 Jan 2020
Allocation of Safeguard TRQ on Washing Machines Changed from Annual to Quarterly
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently announced that the 1.2 million unit tariff-rate quota that is currently in place on imports of large residential washers will be allocated quarterly rather than annually in an effort to enhance the effectiveness of the safeguard measure on subject merchandise.
According to USTR, the change is based on developments in the U.S. washers industry since the TRQ went into effect, as noted by the U.S. International Trade Commission. USTR adds that the quarterly allocation “will make the safeguard more effective and will continue to create jobs and spur growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector.”
Subject washing machines imported under the TRQ will continue to face a tariff of 18 percent through 6 February 2020, and that tariff will be set at 16 percent from 7 February 2020 through 7 February 2021. Out-of-quota merchandise, meanwhile, will face a safeguard tariff of 45 percent through 6 February 2020 as well as a 40 percent tariff from 7 February 2020 through 7 February 2021.
A separate TRQ of 70,000 units in the second year and 90,000 units in the third year of the safeguard measure is in place on covered parts of large residential washers, with in-quota shipments exempt from safeguard tariffs and out-of-quota merchandise facing a tariff of 45 percent through 6 February 2020 as well as 40 percent from 7 February 2020 through 7 February 2021.