December 6, 2022
This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to further extend the 81 COVID exclusions for an additional three months, through February 28, 2023. For general questions about this notice, contact Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Assistant General Counsel Edward Marcus at (202) 395-5725. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product exclusions, contact email@example.com.
On December 29, 2020, USTR announced the extension of 80 product exclusions on medical care and/or COVID response products; further modifications in the form of 19 product exclusions to remove Section 301 duties from additional medical-care and/or COVID response products; and that USTR might consider further extensions and/or modifications as appropriate. See 85 FR 85831.
These 99 exclusions were later extended until September 30, 2021. 86 FR 13785. On August 27, 2021, USTR published a notice requesting public comments on whether any of these exclusions should be further extended for up to six months. 86 FR 48280. To provide time for USTR to review the comments it received in response to the August 27 notice, USTR announced the interim extension of these 99 exclusions through November 14, 2021, (86 FR 54011) and a subsequent extension, through November 30, 2021. 86 FR 63438.
On November 16, 2021, USTR announced the extension of 81 of the COVID exclusions for an additional 6 months (until May 31, 2022) and that USTR might consider further extensions and/or modifications as appropriate. 86 FR 63438. On June 3, USTR announced a subsequent extension of 81 of the COVID exclusions for an additional 6 months (until November 30, 2022). 87 FR 33871.
Determination To Extend COVID Exclusions
In light of the continuing efforts to combat COVID, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that a 3 month extension of the 81 COVID related product exclusions is warranted. The scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the ten-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings and product descriptions set forth in U.S. note 20(sss) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation.
The U.S. Trade Representative has determined to extend all exclusions previously extended under heading 9903.88.66 and U.S. notes 20(sss)(i), 20(sss)(ii), 20(sss)(iii), and 20(sss)(iv) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). See 87 FR 33871 (June 3, 2022). The extension is effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 1, 2022, and before 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time on February 28, 2023. Effective on December 1, 2022, the article description of heading 9903.88.66 of the HTSUS is modified by deleting “December 1, 2022,” and by inserting “February 28, 2023” in lieu thereof.
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