Portman Facilitates Tariff Relief for Hand Sanitizer Equipment to Allow Increased Distribution During COVID-19 Crisis

April 4, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Rob Portman (R-OH) praised U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer for granting tariff relief for components used in the distribution of hand sanitizer, specifically pumphouses, and e-collars. Pumphouses are the device in hand sanitizer dispensers that pump out the sanitizer and e-collars are the key on the bottles of hand sanitizer which ensure dispensers are fitted with the correct bottles. The Ohio-based Gojo, which produces Purell, alerted Portman to the issue and Portman engaged with Lighthizer directly to facilitate the tariff relief. Hand sanitizer companies like Gojo need to increase production and distribution to accommodate the increased demand due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and their investment will go further now that this relief has been granted. 

Hand sanitizer, like the Ohio-based Gojo which produces Purell, is critical to the public health response to coronavirus. I'm pleased that US Trade Representative Lighthizer agreed that we cannot let tariffs prevent the distribution of additional, much-needed hand sanitizer across the country. I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that tariffs don’t get in the way of the production of vital goods American consumers need during this coronavirus crisis," said Portman.