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The U.S. Government has taken steps to restrict the export of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) following elevated demand by U.S. healthcare providers. In response to executive action by President Trump, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a temporary rule requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection to detain export shipments of PPE. This rule is effective today.

Authors: Michael J. Lowell Sarah S. Wronsky Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson Paula A. Salamoun Manasi Venkatesh Julianne K. Nowicki

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Further to recent executive orders and a Presidential Memorandum, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a temporary rule restricting exports from the United States of five types of personal protective equipment (PPE). The rule is effective now and will remain in effect until 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. The rule requires U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to detain shipments of the PPE while FEMA determines whether to permit the export, return the PPE for domestic use, or issue a rated order to purchase the PPE for use in the United States. This development in the United States follows similar developments in Europe and other places around the world.