Global Trade Alert Message:
On December 31, 2020, FEMA published a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) in the Federal Register. It allocated certain scarce medical and healthcare resources for domestic use only during the Covid-19 pandemic. This ensured that supplies of certain equipment were not exported abroad. Effective immediately, FEMA has announced that the following products are no longer restricted for export under the TFR:
- Industrial N95 Respirators
- PPE Surgical Masks
- Piston Syringes
- Hypodermic Single LUmen Needles
Only three items remain under the current TFR. These items include surgical N95 respirators, PPE nitrile gloves, and level 3 or 4 surgical gowns. Manufacturers and distributors that believe they have a surplus of these materials can request an exemption as long as they can prove good-faith and unsuccessful attempt to sell the materials to the domestic market.
The full article can be found on FEMA here: www.fema.gov/exporters-with-surplus-personal-protective-equipment