Commission announces VAT and customs COVID-19 measures

Nov 02, 2020

An extension to the relief from customs duties and VAT on the import of protective equipment and medical equipment from non-EU countries has been announced. Also included is a new proposal that hospitals and medical practitioners should not have to pay VAT on vaccines and testing kits for COVID-19.

These measures are designed to give Member States better and cheaper access to the tools they need to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. The Commission is encouraging all customs authorities to underline the importance of thorough quality controls on these goods, in particular on protective masks.

For more information read the European Commission update.