US extends tariff exclusions for Chinese COVID-related medical products

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration said on Wednesday it would extend tariff exclusions on 81 COVID-19-related medical products from China by an additional 90 days, avoiding a scheduled November 30 expiration.

“In light of ongoing efforts to combat COVID, the lockouts have been extended for an additional 90 days, through February 28, 2023,” USTR said in a statement.

The exclusions of tariffs up to 25% imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump were granted in 2020 and have previously been extended several times. Products affected by the expansion include face masks, surgical gloves, hospital gowns and other related products and devices.

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(Reporting by David Lawder; editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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