Owing to the widespreading COVID19 Pandemic and the scarcity of oxygen supply at health facilities as COVID19 cases, the tax regulation body in the country, URA, was prompted to make a statement on the taxation of this equipment.
According to a 21st June statement issued by URA’s Public and Corporate Affairs Manager Ian Rumanyika, oxygen gas cylinders are tax exempt.
Medical oxygen is essential medicine in the treatment of COVID19, and oxygen cylinders/bottles or tanks are a known method of conveyance of oxygen to patients.
URA realizes that Oxygen gas cylinders are an essential tool used to diagnose, prevent, treat, and manage the COVID19 pandemic. This is in line with the 5th Schedule of the East African Community Customs Management Act.