Citing “medical necessity” resulting from the rising spread and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, the Office of the United States Trade Representative yesterday announced that it is extending until March 31, 2021, Section 301 tariff exclusions for imports of certain Chinese medical-care products.
Scope of Coverage
Starting January 1, 2021, Section 301 tariff exclusions have been extended for a wide variety of Chinese medical-care products, including but not limited to certain of the following: face shields; sterile drapes and covers; gloves; face masks; hot and cold packs; otoscopes; woven gauze sponges; non-woven fabrics; microscopes; dispensers and hand pumps for liquids; plastic aprons for personal protection; molded acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) tubes; adhesive polyethylene films, sheets and strips; and parts/components for X-ray and MRI equipment.
Note: These exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the annexes of the USTR’s announcement. The scope of each exclusion is determined by that of the 10-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule subheadings and the product descriptions in the annexes.
Importers Still Seeking Permanent Duty Relief
While this temporary extension is a welcome development for affected importers, the push continues by industry trade groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other concerned stakeholders to make the exclusions permanent under the new Congress that will be seated next week and the incoming Biden administration following the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.
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