In the context of the global epidemic, which is complicated, the demand for medical supplies is constantly increasing. To meet the foreign market, many businesses have been exporting medical gloves with a full range of categories. However, the items managed by the Ministry of Health are always strictly managed, the policies are constantly changing. This causes many difficulties for businesses in the process of customs clearance of goods.
- HS code for medical gloves
Based on the nature, purpose of use and structure, medical gloves are divided into many different types. Each type will correspond to an HS code. Before proceeding with export procedures for medical gloves, enterprises need to correctly determine the HS code of their shipment. This helps businesses understand tax policies as well as the customs clearance process.
Specifically, medical gloves with HS code of Chapter 40: Rubber and products made from rubber.
4015: HS code of articles of clothing and apparel accessories, used for all purposes, material is vulcanized rubber except hard rubber.
40151100: HS code of medical gloves for surgical use.
40151900: HS code of other medical gloves.
- Export tax on medical gloves
Depending on each type of goods with different HS codes, they will be applied at different tax rates. With medical gloves, shippers businesses need to fulfill obligations with the following taxes:
- Preferential export tax: 0%.
- VAT value added tax: 0%.
- Customs procedures for exporting medical gloves
To complete the procedure for exporting medical gloves, enterprises need to conduct a customs process with a set of documents including basic documents and papers:
- Commercial contract (Sales Contract)
- Commercial Invoice (Commercial Invoice)
- The bill of lading of the shipment (Bill of Lading)
- Packing list (Packing List)
- Certificate of origin of medical gloves
- Notes when exporting goods to the US and EU
Each market will have its own requirements for imported goods. Particularly for the US, imported medical supplies need to have full FDA certification from the exporting country. This is an important certification issued by the US Food and Drug Administration. This is the document that is specific to pharmaceutical and food shipments.
However, there is one type of glove that is not required by US customs for FDA certification: Nitrile. Besides, the import tax applied to this glove is 0%.
If Vietnamese businesses want to export medical gloves to the European market, they must have CE Marketing certification. This is a product certification that meets the standards of the EU legislation. Having this license, the company’s products will have the right to circulate on the European market.