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Whirlpool accuses rivals of 'dumping' in US

December 30, 2011
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BENTON HARBOR, Mich.—Whirlpool Corp. on Friday petitioned the U.S. government to impose extra duties on washing machines made by Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc., saying the companies are "dumping" those appliances in the U.S.

The accusation means Whirlpool is accusing the South Korean companies of selling their products at less than fair value in the U.S.

It's the second time this year that Whirlpool has asked the government to intervene against foreign competitors. In March, Whirlpool filed anti-dumping petitions over refrigerators made in South Korea and Mexico, including appliances made by Samsung and LG.

In that case, the Commerce Department has issued a preliminary determination that the companies are violating international trade laws. The investigation is continuing.

Whirlpool is the world's biggest appliance maker. It is based in Benton Harbor, Mich., and produces its clothes washers in Clyde, Ohio.

The company said in October that it was cutting 5,000 jobs in the U.S. and Europe as the weak economy lessened demand for big appliances and costs rose for materials such as steel and copper.

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