Dental Products Caught Up in Proposed China Tariffs
As part of the U.S. response to China's unfair trade practices, on April 3, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of 1,300 products and materials that could see an additional 25% duty on imports from China in retaliation for "harm to the U.S. economy."
The list includes at least 15 dental and dental industry-related products and materials:
- Dental cements
- Dental fillings
- Ultrasonic scanning electrodiagnostic apparatus
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) electrodiagnostic apparatus
- Tubular metal needles and needles for sutures
- Dental drill engines, whether or not combined on a single base with other dental equipment
- Dental burs
- Instruments and apparatus used in dental sciences
- Mirrors and reflectors
- Optical instruments and appliances
- Anesthetic instruments and appliances
- Artificial teeth and parts and accessories, composed of plastics
- Dental fittings and parts and accessories, composed of plastics
- Dental fittings and parts and accessories, other than those composed of plastics
- Apparatus based on the use of x-rays for dental uses (other than computed tomography apparatus)
The list will undergo a review and public comment process, according to the USTR.
Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD will closely monitor developments relating to the proposed tariffs.