JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has granted tax exemption for the import of health equipment in an effort to tackle a new wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Delta variant.
The tax exemption aims to anticipate the need for several types of goods in the health sector that will be used in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Finance Ministerial Regulation No. 34/PMK.04/2020 on the Provision of Customs and/or Excise Facilities and Taxation on Imported Goods to Handle the Covid Pandemic -19.
The Ministerial Regulation mentioned that the types of imported goods include test kits and laboratory reagents, virus transfer media, medicines, medical equipment and oxygen, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE). The imported medicines include Favipiravir, Oseltamivir, Remdesivir, drugs containing Regdanvimab, insulin, Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Tocilizumab, Intravenous Immunoglobulin, and others. The N95 respirator masks are also included in the exemption.
Meanwhile, the medical equipment includes oxygen, seamless steel cylinders for oxygen, ISO tanks, thermometers, pressure regulators, humidifiers, flow meters, oxygen nasal cannulas, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generators, ventilators, swabs, thermal imaging/ scanning equipment, in vitro diagnostic equipment including PCR test equipment.
This ministerial regulation takes effect on July, 12.
(Writer: Fika Nurul Ulya | Editor: Bambang P. Jatmiko)