Section 301 Tariff Exclusions Extended for COVID-19 Goods from China

COVID-related PPE (Mask, Visor, Gloves)
Trade Update • June 8, 2022


he Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the extension of China Section 301 tariff exclusions for COVID-19 medical goods for six months.

Originally granted back in December of 2020 and scheduled to expire on May 31, 2022, the exclusions will now expire on November 30, 2022. The extension is effective for goods that enter the United States on or after June 1, 2022.

The Section 301 tariff exclusions cover 81 medical products that address the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the specified HTSUS numbers and product descriptions. Some of these goods include personal protective equipment, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices, X-ray, equipment used in computed tomography (CT), microscopes, tubing, plastic containers, and coverings used in medical settings.

To view the USTR’S notice for these tariff exclusions, please visit Extensions to COVID-19 Exclusions.

Potential Tariff Relief

The Biden Administration and Members of Congress are considering further Section 301 tariff relief, but no final decision has been made yet. Meanwhile, USTR is reviewing the necessity of the Section 301 tariffs as required by Section 307(c) of the Trade Act, which stipulates that Section 301 actions expire 4 years after going into effect unless a request for continuation is submitted.

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