Waiver of customs duties & VAT on the import of medical devices & protective equipment

The European Commission has announced its decision to approve requests from Member States and the UK to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices, and protective equipment, from third countries in order to help in the fight against coronavirus.

The waiver applies to importations made from 30 January 2020 to 31 July 2020 by:

  • state organisations (state bodies, public bodies and other bodies governed by public law including hospitals, governmental organisations, communes/towns, regional governments, etc.)
  • charitable or philanthropic organisations approved by the competent authorities of the Member States.

The list of products eligible for relief can be viewed here.

Click here for the Commission Decision, dated 3 April 2020.


sources: europa.eu and customs.gov.mt