Government Removes Import Duties and Taxes on Medical Items

Import duties and taxes have been exempted from 61 various kinds of Diagnostic Support and health safety items by the government of Pakistan. The aim of this step is to reduce the increasing prices in the domestic market. This step will help in effectively dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The items include medical equipment, machinery and apparatus like coronavirus detection kits, surgical masks, multimode ventilator with an air compressor, face shields, and other medical equipment for three months period.

In the exercise of the powers conferred by section 19 of the Customs Act 1969 (IV) of 1969, from the date of issuance of this notification, the Federal government has exempted these medical items from the whole of the customs duty, regulatory duty and additional customs duty, for a period of three months, as per S.R.O.235(1)/2020 issued by the FBR.

It is pertinent to mention here that this period of three months might be extended for another three months by the board on the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination (MNHSR&C) recommendation if COVID19 pandemic prevails.

The list of exempted items include Life Technologies 7500 Real-Time PCR with RNasep Instrument verification kit and complete guides Documentation and software, Biosafety Cabinets Class II Type A2, EN 12469, Europe NSF/ANSI 49, USA JIS k3800 Japan, Auto Clave 50 Liter Capacity, Multi-Channel pipette .5-10 ml, Single-channel pipette set of four .2,10,200, 1000 ml Eppendorf/glison, Multi-channel pipette 20-200 ml, Vacuum fold, Mini Spin, PCR Chambers, PCR Kits (95 tests) for Suspects Diagnosis (Altona) Respective II. QIAMP Viral RNA Mini Kit (250) reactions headings, VTM (Viral Transport Medium), Refrigerator/freezer -20 CModel MPR-414 F Panasonic, Dr. Oligo Synthesizer: Vortex Machine 0-3000 RPM 220v, Velp Italy: Refrigerated Centrifuge Machine Temperature Range – 20 to+40 Model Z 326 K~Hermie IEC 10I0, UPS 6 KVA APC smart-UPS RVA 6000 VA 230 V, Tyvek Suits: N-9S masks: Biohazard Bags (18 Liters), PAPR (Powdered Air Purifying respirators), Nitrile Gloves; Latex Gloves, Goggles, Face Shields, Gum Boots, Mackintosh bed sheets, Surgical Masks, Multimode Ventilator with the compressor, Vital Sign Monitor with 21BP and ETco2 two Tem and others.

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