Nine categories of medical devices exempt from new U.S. tariffs on China

The Trump administration will exempt certain categories of medical devices and medical equipment from hefty tariffs it slapped on $34 billion of Chinese imports to the U.S., offering relief to some U.S, firms.

The narrow list of exemptions will provide relief from 25% tariffs which went into effect on July 6. The waivers apply to electric vessel sealing and dividing devices, mechanically or electrically-controlled suction coagulators, microwave ablation antennas, alignment and positioning apparatus for dental x-rays, ultrasound devices used in veterinary medicine, smoke evacuation pencils, electro-surgical instrument parts and accessories, and overhead tube suspension equipment used to position x-ray generating equipment.

However, with Trump’s announcement on August 1st, the situation may change.