SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) January 22, 2018
(Exact name of registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
2000 North M-63,
Benton Harbor, Michigan
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (269) 923-5000
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Item 8.01 Other Events
On January 22, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that President Trump will sign a remedy order in the safeguard petition filed by Whirlpool Corporation (the “Company”) with the U.S. International Trade Commission in May 2017. Effective for three years, the President’s remedy order imposes a 20% tariff on the first 1.2 million large residential washing machines imported by Samsung and LG during the first year, and a 50% tariff on large residential washer imports by Samsung and LG in excess of 1.2 million. The President's remedy order also imposes a 50% tariff on washer tub, drum, and cabinet imports in excess of 50,000 annually. The tariff rates on washers and parts decline slightly during the second and third years of the remedy.
The President’s remedy order will take effect 15 days after the President signs the order.
The Company maintains a website with information on its prior and current fair trade actions at Whirlpoolcorp.com/fair-trade. The Company has disclosed and intends to disclose important information related to the safeguard petition on this website from time to time.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: January 23, 2018
/s/ BRIDGET K. QUINN
Bridget K. Quinn
Corporate Secretary and Group Counsel