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EU Extending Covid VAT Exemption For Import of Medical Goods

April 20, 2021, 12:05 PM

The European Union will extend exemption from customs duties and value added tax on imports of ventilators, oxygen tents, face masks and other coronavirus-relevant medical equipment, the European Commission said Tuesday.

Prolongation of the exemption is needed because of “the challenges that member states still face in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, and the fact that imports of these goods remain significant,” the commission, the EU’s executive, said in a statement.

The exemption covers medical goods procured by public authorities, including hospitals, and by health-focused charities.

The exemption was introduced as a six-month measure in April 2020 and had already been ...

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