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USTR Publishes Updated List of Import Tariffs

Friday, June 15, 2018  
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USTR Publishes Updated List of Import Tariffs

The USTR published its' final Section 301 list of 25% import tariffs to be imposed on Chinese medical device products and reduced the medical device categories from 49 to 29. None of the omitted medical device categories will be considered for additional tariffs by the Trump Administration unlike other non-medical Chinese products that were on the original tariff list.

MDMA petitioned USTR to remove active and non-active products that have come off of the revised list of Chinese medical device imports subject to the new tariffs. However, several medical device categories, particularly those containing electro-medical equipment, remain on the list subject to the new 25% tariffs.

MDMA also submitted comments to the USTR regarding the Trump Administration's planned tariffs on the types of imported medical devices from China, highlighting the powerful impact our industry has had in creating a trade surplus for med tech innovation. We specifically noted that, "While medical device companies would appreciate increased access to China's market and intellectual property protection in China, the proposed tariffs on medical device imports from China would cause unnecessary harm to U.S. medical device companies that source components and products from China during critical stages of their development. Further, since U.S. companies historically have been successful in medical device trade with China, the proposed sanction on imports from China may trigger retaliation and other Chinese actions that could alter the positive trade trends in medical devices with that country, particularly for small U.S. medical device firms."