FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube has lifted duty payment requirements on essentials used in the treatment of Coronavirus with immediate effect.
The directive is contained under Statutory Instrument 88 of 120 and is made in terms of section 235, as read with section 120, of the Customs and Excise Act [Chapter 23:02].
“A rebate of duty may be granted on essential goods imported for the fight against corona virus disease (Covid-19).
“Subject to this section, and subject to such other conditions or restrictions as the ZIMRA Commissioner may in each case determine,” reads the instrument in part.
Essentials being covered under the rebate include; undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80%; spirits, liqueurs and other spirituous beverages not elsewhere specified.
Hydrogen peroxide, whether or not solidified with urea. Immunological products, put up in measured doses or in forms or packings for retail sale
“Other medicaments consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale not elsewhere specified,” the SI said.
The list also covers wadding, gauze, bandages and similar articles for example, dressings, adhesive plasters, poultices, impregnated or coated with pharmaceutical substances or put up in forms or packings for retail sale for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary purposes
Disinfectants will be accepted in containers not exceeding 20 litres or 5 kilograms containing alcohol, benzalkonium chloride solution or peroxyacids are also covered.
The rebate also covers gloves, mittens and mitts other articles of apparel and clothing accessories, surgical and latex examination gloves, and other toilet paper and similar paper, cellulose wadding or webs of cellulose fibres.
Market watchers have however warned government against continuing to import as this would lead to the loss of much needed foreign currency>c