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USTR EXTENDS CERTAIN CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS AND DESIGNATES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1 – MARCH 31, 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has announced that it is extending certain expiring China 301 tariff exclusions and is designating certain additional such exclusions.  The USTR is taking these actions with respect to certain medical-care products to reflect the rising spread and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19.  (Notice accessible at: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/COVID_Extensions_December_2020.pdf).

In some instances, existing exclusions are being extended.  In other instances, additional exclusions are being put into place in response to comments filed in connection with a March 25, 2020 request for comments as to additional medical care items that should be considered for exclusion.  In both cases, the effective period will be from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021.

These actions are being implemented by establishing new HTS Chapter 99 China 301 provisions and Chapter 99 Subchapter III U.S. Notes as described in four Annexes described below.  The Annexes do not distinguish between existing and new exclusions.  However, a table at the end of the notice identifies the newly excluded items (see below).

A.  Subheading 9903.88.62 / Note 20(ooo) (List 1)

1) Disposable plastic filters of a kind suitable for filtering and dehumidifying a patient’s breath in a medical device such as a gas analyzer (described in statistical reporting number 8421.39.8090)

2) S-band and X-band linear accelerators designed for use in radiation surgery or radiation therapy equipment (described in statistical reporting number 8543.10.0000)

3) Disposable electrocardiograph (ECG) electrodes (described in statistical reporting number 9018.11.9000)

4) Ultrasonic scanning apparatus, each having dimensions not exceeding 122 cm by 77 cm by 127 cm, whether or not presented with transducer (described in statistical reporting number 9018.12.0000)

5) Blood pressure monitors suitable for use by medical professionals (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9530)

6) Digital peak flow meters suitable for use by medical professionals (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9550)

7) Fingertip pulse oximeters suitable for use by medical professionals (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9550)

8) Bismuth germanate crystals with set dimensional and surface finish requirements and used as a detection element in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detectors (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9560)

9) Magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) patient enclosure devices, each incorporating radio frequency and gradient coils (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9560)

10) Parts and accessories of capnography monitors (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9560)

11) Disposable surface electrodes for Intra-operative neuromonitoring (“IONM”) systems, each composed of a surface electrode pad, an insulated wire, and a standard DIN 42802 connector (described in statistical reporting number 9018.19.9560)

12) Otoscopes (described in statistical reporting number 9018.90.2000)

13) Anesthesia masks (described in statistical reporting number 9018.90.3000)

14) Anesthetic instruments and appliances suitable for use in medical or surgical sciences, and parts and accessories of the foregoing (described in statistical reporting number 9018.90.3000)

15) Electrosurgical cautery pencils with electrical connectors (described in statistical reporting number 9018.90.6000)

16) Printed circuit board assemblies designed for use in displaying operational performance of medical infusion equipment (described in statistical reporting number 9018.90.7580)

17) Combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanners which utilize multiple PET gantries (frames) on a common base (described in statistical reporting number 9022.12.0000)

18) X-ray tables (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.2500)

19) X-ray tube housings and parts thereof (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.4000)

20) Multi-leaf collimators of radiotherapy systems based on the use of X-ray (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.6000)

21) Parts and accessories, of metal, for mobile X-ray apparatus (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.6000)

22) Vertical stands specially designed to support, contain or adjust the movement of X-ray digital detectors, or the X-ray tube and collimator in complete X-ray diagnostic systems (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.6000)

23) Thermoplastic masks of polycaprolactone for the use of immobilizing patients, during the use of alpha, beta or gamma radiations, for radiography or radiotherapy (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.9500)

24) Inoculator sets of plastics, each consisting of a plate with multiple wells, a display tray, and a lid; when assembled, the set measuring 105 mm or more but not exceeding 108 mm in width, 138 mm or more but not exceeding 140 mm in depth, and 6.5 mm or less in thickness (described in statistical reporting number 9027.90.5650).

B.  Subheading 9903.88.63 / Note 20(ppp) (List 2)

1) 9025.19.8010

2) 9025.19.8020

3) 9025.19.8060

4) 9025.19.8085

5) Molded acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) tubes, of a kind used to effect the sterile transfer of fluid from a bag or vial to another container, each tube measuring 7.5 cm or more but not exceeding 23 cm in length, with an inner diameter of less than 0.65 cm and an outer diameter of less than 9 cm, one end having been angle-cut to form a spike, and having an integrated flange, less than 3 cm in diameter (splash guard) near the spike end and removable polyethylene caps on each end, put up in sterile packing (described in statistical reporting number 3917.29.0090)

6) Polyethylene film, 20.32 to 198.12 cm in width, and 30.5 to 2000.5 m in length, coated on one side with solvent acrylic adhesive, clear or in transparent colors, whether or not printed, in rolls (described in statistical reporting number 3919.90.5060)

7) Rectangular sheets of high-density or low-density polyethylene, 111.75 cm to 215.9 cm in width, and 152.4 cm to 304.8 cm in length, with a sticker attached to mark the center of each sheet, of a kind used in hospital or surgery center operating rooms (described in statistical reporting number 3920.10.0000)

8) Sheets and strips consisting of both cross-linked polyethylene and ethylene vinyl acetate, of a width greater than 1 m but not greater than 1.5 m, and a length greater than 1.75 m but not greater than 2.6 m (described in statistical reporting number 3921.19.0000)

9) Polyethylene sheet and film laminated with spunbond-spunbond-spunbond nonwoven polypropylene fabric, measuring 1.12 m or more but not over 1.52 m in width and 1.93 m or more but not over 2.29 m in length, and weighing 55 g/m² or more but not exceeding 88 g/m² (described in statistical reporting number 3921.90.1500)

10) Dispensers of hand-cleaning or hand-sanitizing solutions, whether employing a manual pump or a proximity-detecting battery-operated pump, each article weighing not more than 3 kg (described in statistical reporting number 8424.89.9000).

C.  Subheading 9903.88.64 / Note 20(qqq) (List 3)

1) 3808.94.1000

2) 3808.94.5010

3) 3808.94.5050

4) 3808.94.5090

5) 3923.21.0095

6) 3926.20.9050

7) 4015.19.1010

8) 4819.50.4060

9) 5603.12.0090

10) 5603.14.9090

11) 5603.92.0090

12) 5603.93.0090

13) 6505.00.8015

14) 8424.90.9080

15) Sodium metal (CAS No. 7440-23-5), in bulk solid form (described in statistical reporting number 2805.11.0000)

16) Disposable cloths of nonwoven textile materials impregnated, coated or covered with organic surface-active preparations for washing the skin, put up for retail sale (described in statistical reporting number 3401.30.5000)

17) Hand soaps and hand sanitizers in the form of liquid or cream put up for retail sale, other than hand sanitizers of heading 3808 (described in statistical reporting number 3401.30.5000)

18) Organic surface-active liquid for washing the skin, not containing any aromatic or modified aromatic surface-active agent, put up for retail sale in a bottle of plastics with pump-action top, each bottle measuring not more than 17 cm in width, not more than 27 cm in height and not more than 6.5 cm in length and with a net weight of not more than 0.5 kg (described in statistical reporting number 3401.30.5000)

19) Mixtures containing 2-(dimethylamino)ethanol (CAS No. 108-01-0) (described in statistical reporting number 3824.99.9297)

20) Silicon monoxide (SiO) (CAS No. 10097-28-6) in powder form (described in statistical reporting number 3824.99.9297)

21) Flexible gas sampling tubes, pipes and hoses, of polyvinyl chloride, with lock connectors at each end (described in statistical reporting number 3917.33.0000)

22) Flexible oxygen tubes, pipes and hoses presented with integrated molded connectors, of polyvinyl chloride (described in statistical reporting number 3917.33.0000)

23) Container units of plastics, each comprising a tub and lid therefore, configured or fitted for the conveyance, packing, or dispensing of wet wipes (described in statistical reporting number 3923.10.9000)

24) Sacks and bags of polymers of ethylene, reclosable, qualifying as Class 1 medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under product code NNI (described in statistical reporting number 3923.21.0030)

25) Injection molded polypropylene plastic caps or lids each weighing not over 24 grams designed for dispensing wet wipes (described in statistical reporting number 3923.50.0000)

26) Aprons, of plastics, of a kind used as personal protection equipment (described in statistical reporting number 3926.20.9010)

27) Seamless disposable gloves of acrylonitrile butadiene rubber, other than for surgical or medical use (described in statistical reporting number 4015.19.1010)

28) Seamless disposable gloves of natural rubber latex, other than for surgical or medical use (described in statistical reporting number 4015.19.1010)

29) Nonwoven fabrics of man-made fibers, weighing more than 25 g/m² but not more than 70 g/m², with a smooth or embossed texture (not impregnated, coated or covered with material other than or in addition to rubber, plastics, wood pulp or glass fibers), in rolls that are pre-slitted in lengths of not less than 15 cm to not more than 107 cm, for use in the manufacture of personal care wipes (described in statistical reporting number 5603.12.0090)

30) Hand pumps (other than for fuel or lubricants, not fitted or designed to be fitted with a metering device), each used to dispense a metered quantity of liquid soap or sanitizer (described in statistical reporting number 8413.20.0000)

31) Hand pumps for liquids (other than those of subheading 8413.11 or 8413.19) of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastics (described in statistical reporting number 8413.20.0000)

32) Indicator panels incorporating LEDs, designed for use in medical infusion equipment (described in statistical reporting number 8531.20.0040)

33) Data input devices each with display capabilities of a kind used for magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) equipment, computed tomography (“CT”) equipment, intraoperative X-ray (“IXR”) equipment or patient monitors (described in statistical reporting number 8537.10.9170)

34) Compound binocular optical microscopes (other than stereoscopic microscopes and microscopes for photomicrography, cinemicrography or microprojection), each with magnification of 40X or more but not exceeding 1,000X, weighing not more than 3 kg (described in statistical reporting number 9011.80.0000)

35) Compound optical microscopes (other than stereoscopic microscopes and microscopes for photomicrography, cinemicrography or microprojection), each with magnification of 40X or more but not exceeding 400X, weighing not more than 15 kg (described in statistical reporting number 9011.80.0000).

D.  Subheading 9903.88.65 / Note 20(rrr) (List 4)

1) 3401.19.0000

2) 3926.90.9910

3) 4015.19.0510

4) 4015.19.0550

5) 4818.90.0000 prior to July 1, 2020; 4818.90.0020 or 4818.90.0080 effective July 1, 2020

6) 5210.11.4040

7) 5210.11.6020

8) 5504.10.0000

9) 6210.10.5010

10) 6210.10.5090

11) 6307.90.6090

12) 6307.90.6800

13) 6307.90.7200

14) Face shields of transparent plastics, whether or not assembled (described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9950)

15) Bowls of molded plastics, with clips for retaining guide wires during surgical procedures (described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)

16) Coverings, of plastics, designed to fit over wound sites or casts thereby forming a protective seal for keeping the covered area dry and debris free while showering or bathing (described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)

17) Disposable graduated medicine dispensing cups of plastics (described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)

18) Single-use sterile drapes and covers of plastics, of a kind used to protect the sterile field in surgical operating rooms (described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)

19) Sterile decanters of polystyrene plastics, each of a kind used to transfer aseptic fluids or medication to and from sterile bags, vials or glass containers (described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)

20) Gloves, containing less than 50 percent by weight of textile fibers, coated with rubber or plastics designed for enhanced grip (described in statistical reporting number 6116.10.6500)

21) Cold packs consisting of a single-use, instant, endothermic chemical reaction cold pack combined with a textile exterior lining (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

22) Disposable shoe and boot covers of man-made fiber fabrics (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

23) Face masks and particulate facepiece respirators, of textile fabrics (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9845, 6307.90.9850, 6307.90.9870, or 6307.90.9875 effective July 1, 2020)

24) Hot packs of textile material, single-use (exothermic chemical reaction) (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

25) Laparotomy sponges of cotton (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

26) Single-use blood pressure cuff sleeves of textile materials (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

27) Single-use medical masks of textile material (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9845, 6307.90.9850, or 6307.90.9870 effective July 1, 2020)

28) Single-use stethoscope covers (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

29) Woven gauze sponges of cotton in square or rectangular sizes (described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9889 prior to July 1, 2020; described in statistical reporting number 6307.90.9891 effective July 1, 2020)

30) Protective Articles (described in statistical reporting number 9004.90.0000 prior to January 1, 2021; described in statistical reporting number 9004.90.0010 or 9004.90.0090 effective January 1, 2021).

Given the volume of data, the USTR has included in its notice a cross reference of Chapter 99 provisions and notes for the original exclusion, first extension and new extension of impacted items.  It has also provided a table identifying the new items that are impacted by this latest action.  For ease of reference, we have included this table below.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the status of any particular China 301 exclusion, as well as mitigation strategies and potential refund opportunities – including by means of claims in the U.S. Court of International Trade with respect to List 3 and List 4 items (https://www.gdlsk.com/section-301-litigation-update/?highlight=court%20of%20international%20trade).

Additional Products Excluded from Section 301 Duties

 

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