US extends tariff exemptions for medical supplies

The White House has extended tariff exemptions for certain medical supplies needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic through Nov. 14. 

The Office of the United States Trade Representative said Sept. 27 it extended the tariff exemptions while it considers "further extensions and/or modifications as appropriate." 

The exemptions were originally set to expire Sept. 30. 

The American Hospital Association urged Katherine Tai, the U.S. trade representative, in a Sept. 24 letter to extend the section 301 tariff exemptions, which the association argued are critical to ensuring hospitals and health systems have the supplies they need to safely and effectively care for all patients during the pandemic. 

The exemptions apply to certain medical supplies imported from China, including gloves, gowns and face masks. 

 

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