Products to combat Covid-19 have Import Tax zeroed

The Executive Management Committee (Gecex) of the Chamber of Foreign Trade (Camex) reset the Import tax of more than 65 products used to fight the covid-19 pandemic, informed the Ministry of Economy. Among the products benefited are medicines for pain relief, sedation, intubation and artificial respiration, including anesthetics, tranquilizers, analgesics and antibiotics.

The measure also includes monitors for clinical beds and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), equipment for analysis of respiratory gases and monitoring center for adult ICUs, as well as bodies and tank trucks for transporting dangerous loads, such as oxygen.

The insertion of medicines in the list of products with tariff reset was based on a resolution of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) published on the 19th, which sets requirements for the import of new medical devices and medicines identified as priorities for combating covid-19. The measure covers medicines in the form of raw materials, semi-finished, bulk or finished products.

The list of medical equipment was created by the Secretariat of Advocacy for Competition and Competitiveness (Seae) of the Special Secretariat for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness (Sepec) of the Ministry of Economy. Formed by fundamental items to fight the pandemic, the list mainly covers items related to oxygen supply.

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