Import of Black Fungus drug shall be dutyfree till Centre decides on waiver of customs, other duties

The Delhi High Court today ordered that the import of Amphotericin B, used for treatment of Mucormycosis (Black Fungus), shall be free from any import-related levy until the Central government takes a decision on waiver of customs and other duties on the drug. The Court also took on record the Centre's assurance that customs authorities will clear consignments of medicines for treatment of COVID-19 related ailments without any delay. The Court also took on record the Centre's assurance that customs authorities will clear consignments of medicines for treatment of COVID-19 related ailments without any delay. A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh took the view that the Central government should "seriously consider" waiver of custom and other duties for as long as the drug is in short supply in India and is required for treatment of Black Fungus.


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