EAEU to extend duty free import of a number of goods intended to contol coronavirus

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has decided to extend the period of exemption from import customs duties for a number of goods used to prevent and avert spreading the coronavirus infection. The tariff exemptions will be extended from October 1 to March 31, 2021.

According to the adopted decision, the list excludes a number of goods being locally manufactured in sufficient quantity. This entails, in particular, test systems for detecting diseases, ready-made antiviral disinfectants, laboratory thermal bags and medical freezers, bandages, cotton wool, gauze and disposable personal protective equipment (masks and shoe covers).

Along with that, certain components and materials for manufacturing medicines and disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, respirators, safety glasses, rubber gloves, medical devices and equipment as well as boxes and stretchers for transporting patients can still be imported free of duty into the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

“We are extending this treatment for a significant part of the list so that all necessary supplies of protective equipment, medical equipment and materials are fully implemented and we can efficiently address the pandemic risks. But since a great deal has been achieved in our own manufacture, there is no need to import another part of the products,” noted Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Trade of the EEC.

The decision shall come into effect after 10 calendar days have elapsed from the date of its official publication and shall apply to legal relations arisen since October 1.

For reference

Products imported to prevent spreading the coronavirus infection in the EAEU territory are exempt from import customs duty by Decision No. 21 of the EEC Council dated March 16, 2020, if the intended purpose of the imported goods is confirmed by the authorized body of the EAEU Member State in accordance with the national procedure.​