The U.S. medical device industry is facing nearly $1 billion in tariffs from the Trump administration, about $4 billion less than what was originally expected, according to AdvaMed. Customs and Border Protection began collecting the additional duties on July 6.
The Trump administration announced in April that it intended to impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports as part of a plan to keep American companies from manufacturing their technology in China and transferring intellectual property to domestic Chinese enterprises.
AdvaMed initially predicted that the medical device industry was facing about $5 billion worth of tariffs on medical device and technology products from China, many made by U.S. companies. Then they knocked the estimate down to $2.8 billion worth of medical device and technology products. Now the number is down to $836 million, though the new plans to impose tariffs on an addditional $200 billion in Chinese goods could add less than $100 million to the $836 million amount.
Intuitive Surgical enjoyed a nearly two-decade monopoly in the robot-assisted surgery space. At DeviceTalks West, we'll delve into that history as longtime CEO Gary Guthart tells us how he got his start in medtech, how Intuitive came to enjoy such a commanding lead and what the future holds for medical robotics.
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