Duty Relief for COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies

On May 6, 2020, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 20-19, Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19), granting relief on the duty portion of certain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies imported after May 5, 2020.  

Duty relief is open to all importers, regardless of end use or type of industry, and is not restricted to first response organizations as outlined in previous Customs Notice 20-08 and Customs Notice 20-12 (see below).

Duty relief on eligible goods may be claimed at the time of importation or within two years of the date of importation.

Note: GST is still applicable and has not been granted any relief. 
Duty and 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 emergency supplies must be made by or on behalf of federal, provincial, or municipal entities such as healthcare facilities or members of first response organizations, such as police, fire and local civil defence groups, including medical response teams.

These goods may also be imported by or on behalf of public or private care residences, such as seniors’ residences, retirement homes, nursing homes, and shelters.

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

Customs Notice 20-12 provides a comprehensive listing of 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 emergency and medical supplies from anywhere in the world and ensure fast and efficient customs clearance.

For assistance in the shipment and customs clearance of your emergency and medical supplies, please contact us at (709) 726-7596 or via email at [email protected].