U.S.A. temporarily bans export of Medical Equipment

20 April 2020 | USA | General

Sum up of the latest restrictions for the export from USA of personal protective equipment (PPE) issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the FEMA new temporary rules published on April 10, 2020.

U.S.A. temporarily bans export of Medical Equipment

Following the Presidential Memorandum to ensure that scares or threatened Health and medical resources remain in the U.S.A., the FEMA set up a new temporary rule restricting exportations of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Memorandum, the rules will be for all the shipments containing more than 10.000 units of gloves, masks, or other commodities referenced at the end of this note, or of a total value of more 2,500 USD.

In addition, CBP notes that the following exports will be "excluded" from FEMA review:

  • Exports to Canada or Mexico
  • Exports by U.S. government entities such as U.S. agencies and military bases overseas
  • Exports by U.S. charities
  • Exports by critical infrastructure industries for the protection of their workers
  • Exports by 3M Company
  • Express or Mail Parcels that do not meet the commercial quantity definition above
  • In-transit shipments 


Scarce or threatened PPE is defined as:

  • N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators, including devices that are disposable half-face-piece non-powered air-purifying particulate respirators intended for use to cover the nose and mouth of the wearer to help reduce wearer exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates
  • Other Filtering Facepiece Respirators (e.g., those designated as N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, or P95, P99, P100), including single-use, disposable half-mask respiratory protective devices that cover the user's airway (nose and mouth) and offer protection from particulate materials at an N95 filtration efficiency level per 42 CFR 84.181
  • Elastomeric, air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulate filters/cartridges
  • PPE surgical masks, including masks that cover the user's nose and mouth and provide a physical barrier to fluids and particulate materials
  • PPE gloves or surgical gloves, including those defined at 21 CFR 880.6250 (exam gloves) and 878.4460 (surgical gloves) and such gloves intended for the same purposes 


Please find HERE updated Memorandum regarding the export of PPE 

If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact our U.S.A. team

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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