President Joe Biden’s administration will continue to exempt a number of Chinese-made medical products from US tariffs, even as China’s coronavirus crisis has exposed the country’s overreliance on foreign countries for vital supplies.
Late last week, the Biden administration announced that certain Chinese-made medical products would continue to be exempt from US tariffs. The rate exclusion would have ended at the end of May, but it will now be in place until at least the end of November.
The announcement means that the Biden administration will allow the free sale of Chinese-made surgical gloves, face masks, hospital gowns and medical devices in the US market.
The United States’ decades-long free trade with China, which continues to gut working and middle-class American communities, has left the American economy dependent on China and many others. foreign countries for key supplies of medicines, technologies, minerals and other industries.
For example, in 2020, the United States imported almost $300 million worth of paper hospital and sanitary supplies, of which about 51% was made in China. Similarly, in 2020, the United States imported $470 million worth of rubber surgical gloves. Over 70% of these gloves arrived from Thailand and Malaysia, while over 15% were imported from China.
Also in 2020, the United States imported more than $7 million worth of paper clothing and accessories, including paper masks that were used amid the pandemic and continue to be used by professionals. health in the hospital setting. Nearly 60% of these imports were made in China.
As Breitbart News reported, in the midst of the pandemic, small and medium-sized American manufacturers said not only that they had not won federal contracts to produce these vital medical supplies, but that they had not even not been contacted.
Although Biden touted his infrastructure bill as a boost to American manufacturing, the legislation includes huge carve-outs where federal agencies can circumvent “Buy American” rules for any infrastructure project.
From 2001 to 2018, US free trade with China removed 3.7 million US jobs from the economy, including 2.8 million in US manufacturing. During that same period, at least 50,000 US manufacturing plants closed.
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