Urine Drainage Bags: Import Duties

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 16th November 2022.

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Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps to classify urine drainage bags as medical devices.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

Urine drainage bags are currently classified as articles of plastic under the commodity code 3926 90 97 90. Although urine drainage bags are used in conjunction with medical products (e.g. catheters), they are not in themselves considered to be medical devices.

Businesses can access advice on how to classify their goods at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ask-hmrc-for-advice-on-classifying-your-goods or contact classification.enquiries@hmrc.gov.uk

We have recently received stakeholder feedback on tariffs on urine drainage bags. We are considering the evidence provided alongside wider UK Government analysis.

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