Govt exempts customs duty, health cess on ventilators, surgical masks, PPE, Covid-19 test kits: Finance Ministry

New Delhi: In the context of Covid-19 situation, considering the immediate requirement of ventilators and other items,the Central Government has granted exemption from Basic Customs Duty and Health cess, on the import of the following goods, with immediate effect:

Face masks, surgical Masks,
Personal protection equipment (PPE)
Covid-19 test kits
inputs for manufacture of the aboveitems
This basic customs duty exemption shall be available upto the 30th September, 2020.