The US trade representative supports tariffs to boost domestic production of medical equipment

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer addresses the media to close the second round of NAFTA talks involving the United States, Mexico and Canada at Secretary of Economy headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico, September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Pensacola, fl

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he believed the medicinal products needed to combat the current pandemic of the Coronavirus and any future outbreaks should be made locally and that he supported increased tariffs for those products.

Lighthizer told a hearing in the US House of Representatives that he did not support a reduction in customs duties on necessary medical products as proposed by the European Union and other countries, arguing that this would increase production transfers abroad.

Lighthizer said he supports the increase in tariffs on things that we need as part of a comprehensive plan to ensure that next time we will have local manufacturing capabilities in these areas.

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