United States revises trade measures to combat coronavirus

As COVID-19 infection rates skyrocket across the United States, the country now leads the world in total infections. With essential medical supplies like face shields and N95 masks becoming increasingly scarce, American federal trade regulatory agencies have made several changes to their operations to fight the epidemic.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, emergency use authorisations have been issued to facilitate the import, entry and use of disposable filtering facepiece respirators and diagnostic testing kits. However, due to the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, it may be difficult for Chinese-made products to enter US borders due to fears of the deliveries becoming politicised. On the other hand, Hong Kong’s close trading ties to the US may provide locally based producers of masks, respirators and testing kits a unique opportunity to enter the American market.

Medical equipment suppliers looking to improve visibility and awareness with overseas buyers may also consider listing products on HKTDC’s Medical Wholesale Sourcing Page, or by participating in the Spring Virtual Expo.