US backs washing machine import duties

Whirlpool washing machines Whirlpool said US appliance manufacturers could now invest with confidence

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US trade authorities have approved imposing import taxes on washing machines from Korea that it believes are subsidised by its government.

The US International Trade Commission also approved anti-dumping duties on washing machines from Korea and Mexico, which it says are being sold too cheaply in the US.

The ruling follows a case brought by washing machine manufacturer Whirlpool.

The company called the ruling "a great victory for the US appliance industry".

"We expect this ruling will restore a level competitive playing field that enables Whirlpool and other US manufacturers to continue investing in America to produce the high-quality, innovative products that consumers deserve," added the company's boss Marc Blitzer.

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