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.