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WTO: India charges one of the highest duties on ventilators

Apr 05, 2020 15:59 IST

Even as India grapples with an acute shortage of ventilators and has put out urgent orders to fill the gap, it continues to charge one of the highest duties globally on the critical medical equipment that is needed to support seriously ill Covid-19 patients. A report released by the WTO on Friday says India charges an average applied import tariff of 10% on ventilators and respirators, as against an global average tariff of 3.3%. As many as 67 WTO members including EU, US, Republic of Korea and Switzerland provide duty free access to ventilators. The WTO report also pointed out that India charges 12%, a high rate of duty on personal protective products like face masks, which has seen acute shortage among health workers dealing in the country.

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