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USTR Grants New Section 301 Exclusions and Extends Existing Exclusions for Certain Chinese Medical Products

On December 29, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) posted a notice granting new Section 301 product exclusions and extending existing exclusions for COVID-19 medical care products.  This action is in response to USTR’s March 25, 2020 proceeding soliciting public comments on whether to remove the duties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exclusions from Section 301 duties took effect on January 1, and will expire March 31, 2021.  The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the notice’s Annexes.  The scope of each exclusion and modification is governed by the scope of the ten-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings andproduct descriptions contained in the annexes to the USTR notice.

If you import medical care products from China, you may wish to review the USTR notice and determine whether your products may qualify for these recent Section 301 exemptions.  Chinese medical care products eligible for these new exclusions include, among other things, certain face shields; medical masks; microscopes; and parts and components for X-ray and MRI equipment.

Copyright © 2022, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 8
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J. Scott Maberry, Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin, International Trade, Trade Practice
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Mr. Maberry is an International Trade partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

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Mr. Maberry's expertise includes counseling and litigation in export controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-terrorism, economic sanctions, anti-boycott controls, and Customs.  He also represents clients in negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other multilateral and...

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Mario Torrico is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations, and International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Mario focuses his practice on compliance counseling, investigations, and cross-border transactional work concerning international trade matters including customs, trade remedies, export controls, economic sanctions and embargoes, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other areas of international trade law.

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