By Tony Edwards, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

April 4, 2018 -- The dental industry has gotten caught up in the trade showdown between the U.S. and China, with a number of key dental products showing up on a list of products and materials that will have tariffs slapped on them.

On April 3, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of 1,300 products and materials that could have tariffs imposed on their import from China.

The list included at least 15 dental and dental industry-related products and materials:

  • Dental cements
  • Dental fillings
  • Ultrasonic scanning electrodiagnostic apparatus
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) electrodiagnostic apparatus
  • Tubular metal needles and needles for sutures
  • Dental drill engines, whether or not combined on a single base with other dental equipment
  • Dental burs
  • Instruments and apparatus used in dental sciences
  • Mirrors and reflectors
  • Optical instruments and appliances
  • Anesthetic instruments and appliances
  • Artificial teeth and parts and accessories, composed of plastics
  • Dental fittings and parts and accessories, composed of plastics
  • Dental fittings and parts and accessories, other than those composed of plastics
  • Apparatus based on the use of x-rays for dental uses (other than computed tomography apparatus)

The list will undergo a review and public comment process, according to the USTR. The entire list can be accessed here.


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