THE importation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical emergency supply critical in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are now tax and duty-free.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero on Wednesday issued Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 07-2020 containing the guidelines for the tax and duty-exempt importations of PPEs and other emergency supplies as provided for under Section 4(O) of Republic Act 11469 otherwise known as the “Bayanihan To Heal As One Act”.
The Bureau of Customs has also exempted importers of these products from presenting the Certificate of Product Notification (CPN) or Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) issued by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) prior to release from the Bureau, provided they would present a copy of their License to Operate (LTO) and proof of application for product notification with the FDA.
However, those importing ventilators, respirators and their respective accessories for commercial purposes only need to present a copy of their LTO.
In addition, imported health products for donation, which are certified by regulatory agencies or accredited third party organizations in the originating countries, shall be automatically
cleared, while an FDA clearance will not be required prior to the release of foreign donations of PPEs, ventilators, respirators and their respective accessories.
Imported goods under Section 4(O) of the RA 11469, which are released under Provisional Goods Declaration, are subject to the submission of Tax Exemption Indorsement (TEI) issued by the Department of Finance-Revenue Office (DOF-RO) after 12 April 2020 or upon lifting of
the declaration of enhance community quarantine (ECQ), whichever comes earlier.