The Vision Council Files Joint Comments in Opposition of China 301 Duties, Set to Testify Thursday

The Vision Council Files Joint Comments in Opposition of China 301 Duties, Set to Testify Thursday


The Vision Council, in partnership with the below organizations, filed a joint letter over the weekend to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in opposition of the China 301 duties on optical products. We would like to thank the following organizations for their support on this important issue:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • National Association of Opticians and Optometrists
  • Opticians Association of America
  • National Association of Vision Care Plans
  • Prevent Blindness
  • OneSight

Together, these organizations worked to make the concerns of the optical community known regarding the possible implementation of duties on optical products. In the joint statement to the USTR it was argued that optical products are medical devices that do not contain industrially significant technology and that U.S. consumers will experience economic harm from the proposed tariffs. To view the full letter, click here.

To continue The Vision Council's efforts in opposing these possible tariffs, this Thursday, June 20, Kenneth Bradley, Chairman of The Vision Council Board of Directors, will be representing the optical industry and testifying at the Section 301 Tariffs Hearing Panel. The Vision Council testimony is grouped with other medical device manufacturing organizations on Thursday afternoon.

The Vision Council will continue to update members on this important topic. For more information on the China 301 duties, visit Questions can be directed to Greg Chavez, The Vision Council's executive vice president of operations and membership, at

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