Medical imaging equipment is included in a list of 1,300 products imported from China that could be subject to import tariffs of 25% proposed by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
The full list includes:
- CT apparatus based on the use of x-rays
- Apparatus based on the use of x-rays for medical, surgical, or veterinary uses (other than CT apparatus)
- Ultrasonic scanning electrodiagnostic apparatus used in medical, surgical, dental, or veterinary sciences
- MRI electrodiagnostic apparatus used in medical, surgical, dental, or veterinary sciences
- Scintigraphic electrodiagnostic apparatus used in medical, surgical, dental, or veterinary sciences
- Apparatus based on the use of alpha, beta, or gamma radiations for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary use
President Trump announced in March that the United States will impose tariffs on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports and take other actions in response to “China’s policies that coerce American companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to domestic Chinese enterprises,” according to the administration.
The proposed list will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a hearing. After completion of this process, USTR will issue a final determination on the products subject to the additional duties.