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PM chairs a high-level meet; waive off basic customs duty & health cess on oxygen & oxygen related equipment

3 weeks ago

On Saturday, PM Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to plan the oxygen shortage in the country during the pandemic. Basic Customs Duty and health cess on import of the Oxygen and Oxygen related equipment for a period of three months with immediate effect, said PMO in a statement.

PM was briefed that basic customs duty was exempted on Remdesivir and its API recently. It was suggested that import of equipment related to providing oxygen to patients needs to be expedited and to meet the high demand for Oxygen in the country, it is decided to grant full exemption from Basic Customs Duty and health cess on import of the following items related to Oxygen and Oxygen related equipment for a period of three months with immediate effect:

  1. Medical Grade Oxygen
  2. Oxygen concentrator along with flow meter, regulator, connectors, and tubing
  3. Vacuum Pressure Swing Absorption (VPSA) and Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) oxygen plants, Cryogenic Oxygen Air Separation Units (ASUs) producing liquid/ gaseous oxygen
  4. Oxygen Canister
  5. Oxygen Filling Systems
  6. Oxygen Storage tanks, Oxygen cylinders including cryogenic cylinders and tanks
  7. Oxygen Generators
  8. ISO Containers for Shipping Oxygen
  9. Cryogenic Road transport tanks for Oxygen
  10. Parts of the above to be used for the manufacture of equipment for production, transportation, distribution or storage of Oxygen
  11. Any other device from which Oxygen can be generated
  12. Ventilators (capable of functioning as high-flow devices) with nasal cannula; Compressors including all accessories and tubing; humidifiers and Viral filters
  13. High flow nasal cannula device with all attachments
  14. Helmets for use with non-invasive ventilation
  15. Non-invasive ventilation oronasal masks for ICU ventilators
  16. Non-invasive ventilation nasal masks for ICU ventilators

 To improve the supply of oxygen and medical supplies, Central Govt. has taken a lot of measures in the last few days as IAF planes are bringing in cryogenic oxygen tanks from Singapore.

Seema Jain

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