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. The South Korea and Mexico orders are currently being reviewed to determine whether the duties should continue to remain in effect for another five years.
Whirlpool also 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 for three years. The safeguard remedy will be subject to an interim review by the International Trade Commission during 2019.
Whirlpool Corporation is a 107-year old American company. All of the large residential washers we sell in the U.S. are made by our employees in Clyde, Ohio. The duties imposed on washers from Korea, China, and Mexico, in combination with the safeguard remedy implemented last year, play an important role in ensuring that American workers are able to compete on a level playing field.
We are always looking for ways to bring more innovative, high quality, relevant products and improved service to the various regions in which we conduct business. Trade policies are part of that, but we also structure our business in order to manufacture products more closely to where they are sold. Not only do we make stronger connections to the communities in which we live and work, we become more effective by being able to adapt to market changes and consumer needs more quickly.
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 22,000 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
- $1.4+ billion invested in U.S. facilities since 2010
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 267,000 hours every year to support our signature charities and community non-profit organizations.
Investing in the U.S.
- 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.