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USTR Grants Extension of Tariff Exemptions on COVID-19 Related Products from China

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the further extension of the COVID-related product exclusions in the China Section 301 Investigation. The exclusions, which were previously scheduled to expire on November 30, 2022, have been extended for an additional 90 days, through February 28, 2023.

The product exclusions cover 81 medical-care products, including face masks, protective garments, ventilators, and test kits. The exclusions were initially granted on December 29, 2020, in an effort to ensure that medical-care products are available worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USTR Robert Lighthizer noted that the USTR is committed to helping ease the burden of the pandemic on businesses and consumers. The extension of the product exclusions is part of this effort. He stated, “We are pleased to extend the product exclusions in the China Section 301 Investigation to help ensure that medical-care products are available to those who need them. This action is a reflection of our continued commitment to providing relief to those affected by the pandemic.”

The extension of the product exclusions is part of the USTR’s ongoing efforts to ensure that medical-care products are available worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USTR is also working to ensure that US companies have access to the products they need to respond to the pandemic. For additional information please visit here.

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