Baby formula imports are reported to be subject to tariffs again in 2023 after the exemptions that were implemented during a nationwide shortage expire. That shortage that began due to pandemic-induced supply chain issues, and then grew more severe last February after reports of bacterial infections led to recalls.
In response, U.S. health regulators relaxed import policies and President Joe Biden invoked the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to shore up supplies. The U.S. has since imported millions of cans of emergency supplies from companies overseas. According to the WSJ report, a White House spokesman said the tariff waivers doubled the number of manufacturers selling baby formula in the United States.