Covid-19: Import of Essential Medical Products

Part of International Trade – in the House of Commons on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

Mr Speaker, you will know that on 20 March, which was the start of the UK lockdown, the EU Commission wrote to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury alerting them to the existence of the potential mechanism by which tariffs in VAT could be waived on certain imports in the light of the covid-19 crisis. We have identified more than190 products that are in scope, ranging from PPE to soaps and disinfectants. When these products are imported by an organisation covered by the relief, the tariff will be zero.