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COVID-19 Weekly Report (23-30 March 2020)
International Law Office
  • International
  • 03 April 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of expert international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.


USA

Contributed by Arent Fox LLP
Importation of personal protective equipment for COVID-19 treatment
  • USA
  • 03 April 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, medical items such as masks, ventilators and gowns are difficult to find. With people looking overseas to source these items, this article provides some basic guidance for importing them in a way which satisfies US import requirements and facilitates quick processing through clearance. Many of these items are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as medical devices and are also subject to US Customs and Border Protection regulations.

COVID-19 and Section 301 tariffs: USTR excludes some products and solicits requests to exclude more
  • USA
  • 03 April 2020

The US Trade Representative recently requested comments on the removal of Section 301 tariffs from Chinese medical care, including those that have previously been denied an exclusion, which are needed to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. As manufacturers of medical care products increase production and unrelated supply chains shift to aid the global fight against COVID-19, parties should consider whether Section 301 tariffs are impeding their ability to contribute to the cause.


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