Malaysia has exempted the import tariff on certain medical equipment donated to the Ministry of Health.



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Inception date: 25 Mar 2020 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 24 March 2020, the Malaysian Ministry of Finance announced an exemption from the customs duty and sales tax on the purchase of medical and laboratory equipment, personal protective equipment, and disposable products by any parties if it is to be donated to the Ministry of Health to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exemption is applicable from 25 March and is valid until the COVID-19 is declared contained by the government.  The import duty exemption is also extended to importers willing to import these goods for donating or gifting to any federal or state government department provided a letter of endorsement is obtained from a Ministry of Health official.

Only products classified under tariff lines 8418.50.91.00, 6307.90.40.00, 3926.20.90.00, 4818.90.00.00, 3917.33.91.00 and 3926.90.39.00 have been affected by the elimination of import duties. The previously applicable duties ranged between 20% and 30% depending on the product.