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Importers Beware: PPE, Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks Among Items at Risk for FDA Seizure

Monday Morning Wake Up Call – July 27, 2020

PPE, Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks Among Items at Risk for FDA Seizure

Importers of FDA-regulated goods are responsible for ensuring that such imports are in compliance with FDA laws and regulations. Before shipping into the U.S., importers should be aware of whether or not their product is listed on an import alert.

Import alerts inform FDA field staff that the agency has enough evidence or other information to allow a product that appears to be in violation of FDA laws and regulations to be detained without physical examination at the time of entry. Import alerts may cover products from designated countries or areas (including from all foreign countries), manufacturers, or shippers.

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New China Textile Duty Exclusions

Dozens of additional goods are being excluded from the Section 301 additional tariff (currently 7.5 percent) on List 4A goods from China.

These exclusions, which must be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.53, will be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2019, and remain in place until Sept. 1, 2020. Importers may utilize these exclusions for any products that meet the descriptions in the official notice, even if they did not request it.

Importers of affected goods should act now to obtain refunds of Section 301 tariffs paid on such goods since Sept. 1, 2019. Importers also have an Aug. 14 deadline to submit comments on whether these exclusions should be extended for up to 12 months given that they are currently scheduled to remain in effect for less than two months.

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