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Sri Lanka lifts para-tariff on PPE to military, state hospitals, medical items for Covid-19

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has lifted a para-tariff on personal protective equipment supplied to the military and state hospitals by export firms and other medical items imported to fight a Coronavirus pandemic and supplied to state hospitals.

Sri Lanka imposes a tariff called ‘cess’ on number of items.

Health protection equipment and similar products supplied or donated by Board of Investment approved enterprises to the Health Ministry, Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Force, Police or the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak on their request will be free of Cess tax.

Minister of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion in an gazette notice said any medical, surgical, dental instruments, apparatus, accessories, hospital/medical furniture, drugs, chemical items needed to address the Covid-19 pandemic supplied to the ministry of health will also be exempt.

They have to be imported on the recommendation of the Secretary Ministry of Healthcare and Indigenous Mecial Services subject to approval of Director General of Customs.

It will not apply to partial consignments. The benefit will be valid till December 31. (Colombo/May27/2020)

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