A recently released U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) memo provides additional insight into the restrictions being placed on the export of personal protective equipment (PPE) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and CBP pursuant to the president’s Memorandum on Allocating Certain Scarce or Threatened Health and Medical Resources to Domestic Use.
Pursuant to the declaration, restrictions will be effective for four months and currently apply to five categories of PPE, including N95 respirators, other filtering or air-purifying respirators, surgical masks, and surgical and exam gloves—additional materials may be added based on domestic scarcity.
Based on the internal CBP memorandum, the prohibition on PPE exports will only apply to “Commercial Quantities” of PPE, defined as shipments valued at or above $2,500 and containing more than 10,000 units of covered PPE.
Exports of commercial quantities of PPE that fall under the following exceptions will also not be detained or delayed:
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