29 May THE CHALLENGE OF IMPORTING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Since the coronavirus crisis broke out we are witnessing an unprecedented global situation. The public health emergency has highlighted the need to import medical supplies within a very specific context that is characterized by the following elements:
· Suddenly a number of operators of a very different nature have come into play within a sector that has traditionally belonged to private law entities.
· New operators have no experience in importing supplies which may require complex procedures.
· The criteria and applicable legislation have been developing as the public health crisis unfolded. Traditional regulations did not address reality nor all the scenarios.
· Such imports are fundamentally characterized by their exceptionality and urgency.
As a result, we are faced with challenging imports which Across Logistics has seen as an opportunity to provide a professional and quality service and, above all, providing correct advice to fulfil the social function of such imports, i.e. supplying the necessary equipment to deal with the virus.
Across Logistics offers a comprehensive logistics solution. In order to guarantee an urgent door to door service it coordinates the export from its offices in China and the import from its offices in Spain.
We are facing a situation in which importers may face a double issue. On the one hand they will have to fight the virus and on the other hand they may bear a greater costs and additional formalities because of import duties, VAT and special procedures applicable to medical supplies.
This is why Across Logistics offers specialized consultancy to all importers in order to examine each import and to reach the following goals:
1.- To choose a supplier which meets all the Chinese export requirements.
2.- To differentiate medical supplies which are considered Personal Protective Equipment from surgical or medical material in order to comply with specific formalities in Spain.
We remain available to all importers to deal with this challenge together.