Bangladesh exempts coronavirus protection equipment from duties, taxes

  • Chief Economics Correspondent,
    Published: 2020-03-22 19:55:18 BdST

The government has exempted from duties and taxes the medical equipment required for protection from the coronavirus as the number of patients continues to rise in Bangladesh amid a pandemic.

The exemption will be effective until June 30, the finance ministry said in a circular on Sunday.

There will be no customs duty, regulatory duty, supplementary duty, value added tax or VAT and advance tax on 12 goods, according to the circular.

They are: Isopropyl Alcohol, COVID-19 test kit, instrument and apparatus, disinfectant, three-layer surgical mask, protective garments made from plastic sheeting and those for surgical or medical purposes, plastic face shields, full body woven suit impregnated with plastics, medical protective gear, spectacles and goggles.

The importers will be able to bring the quantities permitted by the Directorate General of Drug Administration. The directorate will also monitor regularly whether the products meet standards.