On June 10, 2017, the United States notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on June 5, 2017 a safeguard investigation on large residential washers and certain parts thereof.

In the notification, the United States indicated, among other things, that the point of contact for the investigation is: Michael Szustakowski, Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436, Tel: (202-205-3169). Persons wishing to participate in the investigation as parties must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the ITC not later than 21 days after publication of the notice of institution in the Federal Register.

The Federal Register notice was published by the ITC on June 13, 2017 [Investigation No. TA–201–76]. The ITC instituted the investigation under section 202 of the Trade Act of 1974 following receipt of a petition for import relief, as amended and properly filed on June 5, 2017 to determine whether large residential washers (“LRWs”) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported articles.

The ITC has determined that this investigation is “extraordinarily complicated,” and will make its injury determination within 122 days after the petition was filed, or by October 5, 2017. The ITC will submit to the President the report required under section 202(f) of the Act within 180 days after the date on which the petition was deemed filed, or by December 4, 2017.