Presidential Decree No. 8.847, published in the Official Gazette No. 39.882 of March 13, 2012, granted the VAT payment exoneration on the importation of medical supplies within the scope of the mutual cooperation agreements entered into by Venezuela with China, Colombia, Portugal, Turkey and Germany as well as other countries that entered into mutual cooperation agreements with Venezuela under reciprocity and respect principles. The exonerated goods include medicines, supplies, vaccines, utensils, clinical furniture, surgical medical equipment, dissimilar materials, and vehicles and equipments of any shape, for the construction of hospitals or supplies factories. Decree No 8.847 entered into force on 13 March 2012 and the benefit will last five years from that date.