The Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) plans to extend exclusions on goods that are used to treat COVID-19 from the Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. The product exclusion extensions announced in the notice will extend exclusions through March 31, 2021.

In consideration of the ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, and the rising spread of the virus, the USTR has “determined that maintaining or re-imposing additional duties on certain products subject to the action no longer is appropriate and that the application of additional duties to these products could impact U.S. preparedness to address COVID-19,” it said in the notice posted to the agency website.

The USTR has also added additional products to the list of goods that are covered by these extended exclusions. The modifications to exclude additional products will apply as of January 1, 2021 and will last until March 31, 2021 as well.

The USTR has stated that they will consider further extensions and additional modifications as appropriate. For further questions, please reach out to your Mohawk Global representative.