With the help of its members, HIDA was initially able to remove 120 products across all three lists, including syringes, medical gloves, hospital bedsheets and certain wipes. On May 17, 2019, the USTR issued a Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action. The result was a proposed Fourth List of products for up to 25% tariffs. A number of items which had previously been removed from earlier lists were returned to the Fourth List including gloves, gowns, wipes, and others. HIDA submitted comments and testified at the hearings. USTR has since published two lists to implement at 10% tariff on product. List 4A will go into effect on September 1, 2019 and List 4B will go into effect on December 15, 2019. USTR has announced there will be an exemption process for items included on Lists 4A and 4B.
The USTR published a process for seeking exemptions from the tariffs—the determinations will be on a product by product basis and final decisions on exemptions will be published periodically. HIDA Government Affairs published an FAQ that details the USTR exclusion process and is available on this page.