China will waive trade war tariffs on selected U.S. medical devices from March 2, the government said on Tuesday as the country struggles to stem the new coronavirus epidemic.
More than 72,000 people were infected by the outbreak of the new COVID-19 strain in China, which killed over 1,800 people.
Products that are eligible for the exemptions include patient monitors, blood transfusion devices, and blood pressure measurement instruments, according to a list published by the State Council Customs Commission.
The commission said the move was "to better meet the growing needs of Chinese consumers" and to accept applications from companies in China.
The tariff exemptions apply for a limited period of time and support companies that want to import from the US for "business reasons", the authorities said.
The list of eligible products also includes a wide range of foods such as frozen pork, beef and seafood.
In China, there was an increase in pork prices last year due to African pig fever, which devastated herds of pigs across the country.
The latest move follows other exceptions or cuts that China has announced – either in connection with its anti-virus efforts or a trade agreement it signed with the US in January.
Earlier this month, China said US imports that could be used to fight the deadly virus will be exempt from the retaliatory tariffs imposed during the trade war.
More than a week ago, Beijing also announced it would cut US $ 75 billion in import tariffs in half as part of its ceasefire with the United States.
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