Duty Relief for COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, only first response organizations could claim duty relief on PPE and medical supplies. However, duty relief is now available to all importers of PPE and medical supplies. 

On May 6, 2020, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) released Customs Notice 20-19, Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19), allowing duty relief on PPE and medical supplies imported after May 5, 2020.  

As a result, duty relief on eligible goods may be claimed at the time of importation or within two years of the date of importation. However, GST is still applicable and has not been granted any relief. 

Claims for duty relief must include all corresponding documents (e.g. copy Form B3-3, Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice, etc.). 

Duty/Tax Relief for First Response Organizations

Goods deemed as an emergency supply as listed under Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Customs Notice 20-12 may be imported duty and GST free.

Imports of COVID-19 PPE and medical supplies must be by or on behalf of federal, provincial, or municipal entities. For example, healthcare facilities or first response organizations, such as police, fire, local civil defence groups, and medical response teams.

Public or private care residences can also import emergency supplies (e.g. seniors’ residences, retirement homes, nursing homes, and shelters).

Customs Notice 20-08 outlines the Emergency Use Remission Order as well as the parties that may use the duty and tax exemption upon importation.

Customs Notice 20-12 lists the goods and their tariff classifications that qualify in conjunction with importer requirements.

We Can Help

PF Collins can assist you with the pickup and delivery of your PPE and medical supplies from anywhere in the world.

For fast and efficient shipping and customs clearance of your emergency supplies, contact us at (709) 726-7596 or import@pfcollins.com.


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