The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will convene a virtual meeting  via teleconference and web conference on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. to discuss the terms of a voluntary agreement with industry aimed at “maximizing the effectiveness of the distribution of critical medical resources nationwide to respond

On May 4, 2020, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released the results of its investigation to identify imported products related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The report and database identify 112 U.S. Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) numbers covering a “mix of COVID-19 related” goods, including test kits/instruments;  disinfectants and sterilization products; pulse oximeters and

On April 23, 2020, the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced certain measures to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on U.S. companies and supply chains overseas. Key measures from the announcement are summarized below.


  • Effective for registrations originally expiring between February 29 and June 30, 2020, registrations as a

On April 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a temporary final rule (“Rule”) to establish export restrictions on certain types of personal protective equipment (PPE) products and respirators (“Covered Products”) used in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rule implements the presidential memorandum dated April 3,

On April 17, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) filed a notification of exemptions (the “Exemptions”) that identifies 10 exemptions from the temporary final rule published on April 10, 2020 (the “Rule”), which restricts the export from the United States of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) and respirators in the response to the COVID-19

On April 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order in an effort to support U.S. businesses that have faced significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic response by allowing deferment of duty payments.  The order gives the Treasury Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the flexibility to allow for a