FEMA’s Temporary Rule for PPE Exports Modified and Extended to June 30, 2021

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Dear Partners,

We are following up to our previous newsletters to keep you informed regarding FEMA’s restrictions on exporting personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rule has been modified and extended through June 30, 2021, and again, we would like to remind you that these restricted items cannot be exported without following FEMA guidelines.  The most notable change in the latest update is the inclusion of syringes and hypodermic needles, needed to meet vaccination demands.

Restricted PPE includes:  Surgical N-95 Filtering Face-piece Respirators; Surgical masks; Nitrile gloves; Level 3 and 4 Surgical Gowns and Surgical Isolation Gowns, and Specific Syringes and Hypodermic Needles (see FEMA link below for more detailed information about restricted items).

Exemptions are allowed for:

NGO donations for a free distribution

– Parts of medical testing kits

– In-Transit Merchandise through the United States with a foreign shipper and consignee,

– US cargo  going to Canada or Mexico, or other US territories.

– Diplomatic, US Government, or US Military shipments of PPE

As a reminder, shippers must file for an exemption and approval prior to shipping restricted PPE (further details can be found in below URL from FEMA).  A Letter of Attestation is required and a AES filing with US customs.

Full text: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/allocation-rule-personal-protective-equipment-exports

Please notify us before booking if you plan to ship regulated items.  We can assist you through the compliance process, to ensure that your shipment is exported lawfully.

Failure to declare restricted PPE before loading may result in seizure and hefty fines by US customs.

We hope you all stay safe and well. Questions may be directed to your lead expediter or to lorettak@mxshipping.com, Direct: 504-300-1149. We look forward to your inquiries.