Import duty and VAT suspended on COVID-19 medical supplies, equipment and PPE 
Speak to Aerona to check if you qualify for the new medical product imports changes 

At last, after weeks of immense difficulties in obtaining and financing the purchase of medical products that are crucial in the fight against the COVID-19 virus, there is good news for Britain’s beleaguered medical and care worker sectors.  HM Revenue & Customs has announced that vital medical product imports brought into the UK from non EU countries during the coronavirus outbreak will no longer be subject to import duty and VAT charges. 

This is excellent news for everyone working within the NHS and the private care sector, as well as for many other welfare organisations and it will mean that vital medical supplies, equipment and PPE will now become far more affordable. 

HM Revenue & Customs report that these concessions will apply to the import of protective equipment, other relevant material, devices or equipment for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as set out in the COVID-19 Commodity Code List. 

You can view the full list of relevant and qualifying products via this link: 

In order to claim this relief you must have been authorised by the National Import Relief Unit (NIRU) who will issue you with a certificate entitling you to claim import duty and VAT relief.  It is also worth noting, however, that this relief on medical product imports may also be claimed retrospectively, subject to certain conditions. 

This is without doubt excellent news for all organisations purchasing medical product imports, however, as you can imagine, there are a number of restrictions and conditions that you must comply with in order to claim this relief. 

Further information on this subject may be obtained via the internet, or better still, why not speak to Aerona (Air & Sea) Customs Clearing Agents who will be pleased to discuss your own situation and can advise you on whether you qualify to receive zero rated import duty and VAT on your medical product imports. 

It is important that you act quickly if you do not wish to miss out on this excellent opportunity enabling you to pay no import duty or VAT on medical supplies, equipment and protective garments (COVID-19). 

To find out if you qualify for zero-rated duty and VAT relief on your medical product imports, or to discuss the UK’s most reliable and cost-effective import, customs clearing, storage and distribution service please speak to Aerona now. You can call us on: 0161 652 3443. You can also email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can send us an online message using the form that can be found on our Contact page.