US excludes some Chinese medical products from tariffs

Published March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters 

The US Trade Representative’s office said it granted on Thursday exclusions from import tariffs for some medical products imported from China, including face masks, stethoscope covers, and blood pressure cuff sleeves.
An employee wearing a facemask amid concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus works at the production line of facemasks at Salus Products, a manufacturer of surgical disposable products, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on March 12, 2020. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)
An employee wearing a facemask amid concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus works at the production line of facemasks at Salus Products, a manufacturer of surgical disposable products, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on March 12, 2020. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The exclusions were granted as the United States grapples with a coronavirus outbreak that threatens to strain its healthcare system.

Earlier this month, USTR granted exclusions for other Chinese medical products, including hand sanitizing wipes and examination g

 
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