UPDATE 2-U.S. sets final duties on Mexico, S. Korea washers

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department

on Monday set final anti-dumping duties on about $1 billion

worth of residential washing machines from Mexico and South

Korea in a case brought by American manufacturer Whirlpool

.

The department said Mexican manufacturers were "dumping" the

washers in the United States at prices 36.52 to 72.41 percent

below fair market value and set duties accordingly.

It said South Korean producers were undercutting prices by

9.29 to 82.41 percent. The department also set countervailing

duties of 0.01 to 72.30 on the South Korean washers to offset

government subsidies it found in its investigation.

"This decision is an important victory for our 22,000

dedicated U.S. employees, the consumers we serve and the U.S.

appliance industry," Marc Bitzer, president of Whirlpool's North

America Region, said in a statement.

The duties were largely in line with preliminary levels

announced earlier this year.

South Korean producers Daewoo, LG Electronics Inc

, and Samsung were found to be dumping at

prices 82.41 percent, 13.02 percent, and 9.29 percent,

respectively, below fair market value.

Daewoo, which the Commerce Department said failed to

cooperate in the investigation, was also hit with a 72.03

percent countervailing duty, while the two other companies

received rates of below two percent.

Mexican producers Electrolux, Samsung Electronics

Mexico and Whirlpool International received final anti-dumping

duties of 36.52 percent, 72.41 percent, and 72.41 percent,

respectively.

Whirlpool has previously said that it had stopped shipping

washers from Mexico for sale in the United States and therefore

would not have to pay any duties.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) must give

final approval for duties to go into force. That vote is

expected on Feb 1.

In another recent case involving Whirlpool, the Commerce

Department awarded steep duties on refrigerator imports from

Mexico and South Korea, but the ITC voted in April to block them

from being imposed.

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