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Extended customs duty and VAT relief on medical imports

Extended customs duty and VAT relief on medical imports

EU Commission prolongs the temporary relief for customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices and protective equipment until 31 October 2020.

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On 23 July 2020 the European Commission decided to prolong by 3 months the temporary relief for customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices and protective equipment from third countries until 31 October 2020 (formerly 31 July 2020). The measure covers masks and protective equipment, as well as testing kits, ventilators and other medical equipment needed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

The duty and VAT free importation applies to:

  • state organisations (state bodies, public bodies and other bodies governed by public law including hospitals, governmental organisations, communes/towns, regional governments, etc.); and
  • charitable or philanthropic organisations approved by the competent authorities of the Member States.

The Maltese Customs authority has a procedure in place that needs to be adhered to for the relief to be granted.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss further, please send an email to covid@kpmg.com.mt.

Extended customs duty and VAT relief on medical imports

The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.

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