ITAC has determined that the rebate certificate programme that has seen significant imports of products used to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, in particular, face masks and hand sanitisers, will end. Currently, there is no indication, based on information available to ITAC, that there still is (or will be) a shortage of these and other critical products used in combatting the Covid-19 virus, such that the continued incentivising of imports through a full rebate of customs duties is necessary.
Therefore, rebate certificates issued by ITAC under item 412.11 will not be extended or renewed after 31 May 2020 and any portion of the quota allocated in these certificates which remains unused after the expiry date will be forfeited. Additionally, no new rebate certificates will be issued after 31 May 2020.
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