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Federal Revenue expands list of imports that have priority customs clearance in fight against COVID-19

May, 06, 2020 Posted by datamarnews

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Brazil’s Inland Revenue Service has expanded the list of products that will have priority status for import to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Rule RFB No. 1,944, published on May 4, in an extra edition of the Federal Official Gazette, provides for priority dispatch for raw materials for the manufacture of medicines, in addition to consolidating the list of products that already had priority status.

As provided for in RFB Normative Instruction No. 1,927, published on March 17, products that help combat the pandemic are fast-tracked through the customs procedure, with delivery of the goods to the importer allowed before customs procedures are concluded. In addition, import declarations involving these goods must have priority treatment, both by the Federal Revenue, and by the depositary responsible for storage.

The measures are in line with the pandemic response plan prepared by the Ministry of Health in Ordinance No. 188, of February 3, 2020, which declares Public Health Emergency of National Importance (ESPIN) due to Human Infection by the new Coronavirus ( 2019-nCoV) and also Ordinance No. 356, of March 11, 2020, which provides for the regulation and operationalization of the provisions of Law No. 11979, of February 6, 2020, which establishes the measures to face such an emergency.

 

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