IIn a Federal Register notice published yesterday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it was again continuing exclusions from Section 301 duties for certain medical care imports from China needed to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, exclusions that would have otherwise expired on September 30, 2021, have been further extended to November 14, 2021.
Following the USTR’s March 10 extension of 99 product exclusions on medical-care and/or COVID response products until Sept. 30, public comments were sought on Aug. 27 as to whether a further six-month extension should be granted. With the comment period closed as of Tuesday, the USTR has decided to adopt a 45-day “interim extension” in order to provide time to review the feedback received.
Note: These exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the product exclusion as described here.
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