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COVID-19: Import duty and VAT relief on medical supplies

  • GB
  • April 01st 2020
  • By Matthew Clark

The tax authority, HMRC, has notified the introduction of temporary relief from import duty and import VAT on medical supplies, equipment and protective garments as part of the COVID-19 response. The relief can be claimed by state organisations, public bodies and other bodies governed by public law. Non-state bodies can request authorisation by contacting the National Import Relief Unit (NIRU). Goods on which relief can be claimed include eligible goods imported for distribution free of charge to those affected by, at risk from, or involved in combating COVID- 19, or eligible goods which meet these criteria but remain the property of the organisations importing them.

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