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Brazil Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Medical Products, Takes Other Actions in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Brazil has recently taken a number of actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the following.

Duty-Free Treatment for Medical Products . Brazil is providing duty-free treatment through 30 September 2020 to various medical products classified within subheadings 2207.20.19, 2934.99.34, 3808.94.19, 3808.94.29, 3926.20.00, 3926.90.40, 3926.90.90, 4015.11.00, 4015.19.00, 5601.22.99, 6210.10.00, 6210.20.00, 6210.30.00, 6210.40.00, 6210.50.00, 6307.90.10, 6307.90.90, 6505.00.22, 7326.20.00, 9004.90.20, 9004.90.90, 9018.39.22, 9018.39.23, 9018.39.24, 9018.39.91, 9018.39.99, 9018.90.10, 9019.20.10, 9019.20.30, 9019.20.40, 9020.00.10, 9020.00.90 and 9025.11.10.

Specific products benefitting from this action include, among many others, ethyl alcohol, antiseptic gel, gas masks, automatic respirators, PVC catheters, protective plastic apparel and gloves, laboratory and pharmacy articles, non-woven apparel, protective masks, single-use face masks, safety goggles, clinical thermometers and cold compresses.

Expedited Customs Clearance for Medical Products . Brazil has amended its customs clearance regulations to allow importers to request after filing an import declaration for any of the previously mentioned medical products that such products be released prior to the conclusion of the regular customs clearance process, as long as the state of emergency stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place. In addition, importers may request authorisation from the relevant authorities for expedited release of capital goods and raw materials for use in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Import Licensing Requirements for Blood Collection Tubes and Disposable Syringes Suspended . Brazil has suspended the import licensing requirements in place on the following mainland Chinese products subject to AD measures: (1) plastic tubes for the collection of blood in a vacuum, classified under NCM 3822.00.90, 3926.90.40 and 9018.39.99, and (2) disposable syringes with or without needles classified under NCM 9018.31.11 and 9018.31.19. The suspension will remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Export Licensing for COVID-19-Related Products . Brazil has established special licensing requirements for exports of products used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. These special licences will be issued by the Sub-secretariat for Foreign Trade Operations (Subsecretaria de Operações de Comércio Exterior, or SUEXT). Meanwhile, the Brazilian Senate is considering legislation approved on 17 March by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies that would ban the exportation of essential medical products and hospital equipment, including face masks, latex and nitrile gloves, waterproof aprons, protective goggles, facial protectors, hospital beds and ventilators.

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