WASHINGTON, March 19 The United States on Monday
ordered final duties on bottom-mount refrigerators from South
Korea and Mexico in a case brought by U.S. manufacturer
Whirlpool against foreign rivals, including LG
Whirlpool accused the Mexican and South Korean producers of
selling the refrigerators, which have the freezer section on the
bottom, in the U.S. market at unfairly low price.
The century-old Michigan-based manufacturer, in a petition
filed last year with the U.S. Commerce Department, also said its
South Korean competitors received government subsidies.
"As the world's leading home appliance maker, we are taking
a stand with these petitions to protect our 23,000 U.S.
employees," Marc Bitzer, president of Whirlpool North America,
said in a statement welcoming the decision.
The U.S. Commerce Department set an 30.34 percent
anti-dumping duty on LG's bottom-mount refrigerators made in
Mexico and a 15.41 percent duty on the same style of
refrigerators that LG makes in South Korea.
It set a 15.95 percent anti-dumping duty on Samsung's
Mexican-made bottom-mount refrigerators and a 5.16 percent
anti-dumping duty on Samsung's South Korean-made bottom-mount
Samsung said it was disappointed with the ruling.
"Although Samsung will do everything we can to mitigate any
impact of this decision on our business and customers, American
consumers stand to lose the most from today's determination,"
the company said in a statement.
The department hit two other companies that produce
bottom-mount refrigerators in Mexico, Mabe and
Electrolux, with anti-dumping duties of 6.0 percent
and 22.94 percent respectively.
In a related case, it set countervailing duties of 12.9
percent on bottom-mount refrigerators exported from South Korea
by Daewoo and 2.46 percent on Samsung to offset government
subsidies the two companies received.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has to determine
U.S. producers have been injured, or threatened with injury for
the duties to take force. That vote is set for April.
The Commerce Department set preliminary duties in the
anti-dumping case last year.