Coronavirus | Health & Safety | National | Supply Chain & Logistics | Tariffs and Trade

Tariff relief to importers of certain medical goods

May 7, 2020

RCC was successful in its efforts to get the federal government to waive tariffs on a number of essential items to help Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure will reduce the cost of imported personal protective equipment (PPE) for Canadian retailers, which face tariffs of up to 18%.

Items include:

  • Face masks (including Fashion face coverings)
  • Rubber gloves and work gloves
  • Certain types of protective clothing
  • Hair nets
  • Hand sanitizers and wipes
  • Soaps
  • See the full list of essential items

The government has not yet indicated a specific end date to this measure.  

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