At Gardner’s Urging, USTR Drops Tariffs on Medical Supplies Critical to Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. – After urging from U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer removed tariffs on certain medical products that are necessary for the U.S. to prepare for the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“To ensure that the United States is prepared to contain and combat the spread of this outbreak, it is crucial that there is a robust supply of critical medical products like gloves, thermometers, and medical caps,” said Senator Gardner. “I applaud USTR for following through on my request to remove tariffs on these items to address medical supply chain concerns and public health demands.”

Senator Gardner is taking action to protect Coloradans from the coronavirus outbreak:


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.