Center exempts the import of Covid vaccines from customs duties until March 31

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Covid vaccines administered in India include Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V. (File)

New Delhi:

The government has granted duty-free imports of Covid-19 vaccines until March 31, 2023 to ensure domestic availability amid fears of a surge in coronavirus infections.

In a notice, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said that Covid vaccines, when imported into India by the central government or state governments, would be exempt from all customs duties from January 14, 2023 to March 31, 2023.

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The government had exempted Covid-19 vaccines from 10 percent customs duties for the first time in April 2021. The exemption has been extended several times until June 2022.

With new variants causing a significant increase in daily workload in certain countries, including neighboring China, the government had reintroduced certain precautions, such as random airport passenger testing and genome sequencing, to curb the spread of Covid in India.

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Currently, the Covid vaccines are being administered in India, including Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V, Corbevax and Covovax.

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