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May 08, 2020

Ottawa provides tariff relief to importers of certain medical goods

The Government of Canada is waiving tariffs on certain medical goods, including personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves.

In doing so Ottawa wants to reduce the cost of imported PPE for Canadian businesses, which face tariffs of up to 18 per cent in some instances.

This measure builds on other relief from tariffs and sales taxes – starting March 16, 2020 – for goods imported for emergency use by, or on behalf of, certain health-related entities, including hospitals, first-response organizations and care homes.

For additional information, including a list and description of goods based on tariff classification which are eligible for relief, see Customs Notice 20-19 Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19)

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