New Tariffs Added to Affect Healthcare Products

The Trump Administration released another round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion this past week. The list includes categories of goods such as meat and fish, fruits and vegetables, tobacco, chemicals, rubber goods, leather goods, textiles, wood articles and many others. The list of goods would receive a 10% tariff following a public comment period. This percentage is reduced from the 25% tariff the first two lists of goods sought.

Included in the list of items are a number of crucial healthcare products including:

  • Rubber exam gloves
  • Disposable underpads
  • Wet wipes
  • Specimen bags
  • Lavatory pans
  • X-ray film

Tariffs would not go into effect for at least two months. 


Fog Affecting Shanghai Port. Delay's in Shipments Expected

Heavy fog in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta area between March 27 and April 2 has "severely affected ocean freight carrier services and operations at both WaiGao Qiao & Yangshan terminals in Shanghai."

The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration has advised that more than 1,550 barges and ships are delayed along the Yangtze River channel and that ocean-going sailing schedules are affected.
It may take two to three weeks for operations to return to normal in Shanghai.

Source: CIFFA; Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration

FDA Bans Powdered Gloves

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued a final rule banning powdered medical gloves beginning on 19 January 2017.

FDA proposed the ban in March, citing mounting evidence that such gloves posed serious risks to patients, including airway and wound inflammation, post-surgical adhesion and allergic reactions.

Specifically, FDA says it will ban the sale, distribution and manufacturing of all powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder used to lubricate surgeon's gloves, though it notes the ban will not apply to powdered radiographic protection gloves.

Additionally, the ban will not apply to powder used during the manufacturing process for non-powdered gloves, so long as only trace amounts (no more than 2mg of powder per glove) make it into the finished product.

Effects from Hurricane in Puerto Rico

Medical device companies in Puerto Rico are highly regarded globally for their innovations and high-technology products. Medtronic, Stryker, CR Bard, Abbott Medical Optics and Coopervision are among the top international medical equipment and supply companies that have found Puerto Rico to be a profitable location for manufacturing.

At last count, Puerto Rico was home to over 70 medical device-manufacturing plants. Surgical and medical instruments, ophthalmic goods, dental equipment and supplies, orthodontic goods, dentures and appliances, laboratory apparatus and furniture; you name it and it's made in Puerto Rico.