EEC Council extends duty-free import of medicines and medical devices to fight coronavirus

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has extended the duty-free regime on the import of medicines and medical products to prevent and prevent the spread of coronavirus infection until June 30, 2022. The preferences for specialized medical devices were valid from March 2020, and then extended until September 2020 and March 2021.
„On the territory of the Union, it will still be possible to supply duty-free some components and materials for the production of medicines and disinfectants, medicines, respirators, goggles, rubber gloves, medical devices and equipment, as well as boxes and stretchers for transporting patients,“ the assistant said. Chairman of the EEC Board Iya Malkin.

In March 2020, the EEC Council, until September 30, 2020, zeroed customs duties on raw materials for the production of disinfectants, the list also includes diagnostic reagents, bandages, cotton wool, gauze, bags for transporting hazardous biological waste, shoe covers, protective clothing, including masks, respirators , glasses and gloves, pulse oximeters, patient transport boxes, syringes, needles, catheters, blood collection and transfusion systems, patient transport stretchers and nebulizers for hygiene purposes. The privilege extended to goods imported into the customs territory of the EAEU for domestic consumption from March 16 to September 30 inclusive.

In June 2020, the profile list was supplemented with certain types of raw materials for the production of medicines and disinfectants, as well as a number of medical products. In particular, orthophosphoric acid, hydrogen peroxide, plastic film and disposable caps were granted import privileges.

In September 2020, test systems for detecting SARS-CoV-2, ready-made disinfectants, laboratory thermal bags and medical freezers, bandages, cotton wool, gauze, medical masks and shoe covers were excluded from the privileged list. Duty-free import was maintained for a number of components and materials for the production of medicines and disinfectants, respirators, goggles, rubber gloves, boxes and stretchers for transporting patients until the end of March 2021.