European Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

Submitted by Rita Andrade on 06 April 2020

The European Commission has approved requests from Member States and the UK to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices, and protective equipment, from third countries in order to help in the fight against coronavirus. This will make it easier financially to get the medical equipment that doctors, nurses and patients desperately need. The Commission has swiftly approved requests received from all Member States. This measure includes masks and protective equipment, as well as testing kits, ventilators and other medical equipment. It will apply for a period of 6 months, with a possibility for further extension.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered a video message on this decision. Watch it here.

Find the original press release on the European Commission website. © European Union, 1995-2020.

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