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Export regulations for personal protective equipment

In this issue:

Exports of personal protective equipment subject to authorization for 30 days


In view of the epidemiological crisis caused by COVID-19, and the key role of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) in preventing the further spread of the disease, the European Commission has published Regulation 568/2020 laying down export regulations for such equipment.

More precisely, export of such equipment is subject of an authorization.

Among the equipment subject to holding of the export authorization we mention:

  • protective masks (including surgical masks) which have as tariff codes both 6307 90 98 and 9020 00 00;
  • protective spectacles and visors which have as tariff codes both 9004 90 10 and 9004 90 90;
  • protective garments which have as tariff codes 3926 20 00, 4015 90 00, 6210 10 98 etc.

Exports to the Republic of Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, the Republic of Iceland, Kosovo, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, the Republic of San Marino, Serbia, the Swiss confederation, Vatican City State as well as the overseas countries and territories are not subject to the authorization .The same applies to exports to Büsingen, Heligoland, Livigno, Ceuta and Melilla and to Exclusive Economic Zones of Member States.

In Romania, the export authorizations are processed and issued by the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, based on the requests received, and will be resolved within 5 working days.

This Regulation entered into force on 26 April 2020 and applies for a period of 30 days.


How does the above influence the activity of your company?

If you export personal protective equipment, you must keep in mind that, from 26 April 2020 and for a period of 30 days you must obtain and hold and export authorization from the Ministry of Economy in Romania.

Prepared by:
Mihai Petre – Director, Indirect Tax
For additional information, please contact:
Alex Milcev – Partner, Tax & Law Leader Romania
Ernst & Young SRL
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