India lifts curbs on export of masks, PPE coveralls

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The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under India's ministry of commerce and industry, has issued a notification removing the restriction on export of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) medical coveralls and all varieties of masks, except N95 masks.

The DGFT has made an amendment to the July 28 notification on the export policy of PPE and masks to the extent that 2/3 ply surgical masks, medical coveralls of all classes and categories including coveralls for Covid-19 are now freely exportable. These coveralls also include gowns and aprons.

Face shields are also freely exportable. However, medical goggles continue to remain in the restricted category with a monthly quota of 20 lakh units and Nitrile/NBR gloves continue to remain prohibited.

“The export policy of N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent masks has been revised from prohibited to restricted category. A monthly export quota of 50 lakh units has been fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks, for issuing export licenses to eligible applicants as per the criteria to be separately issued in a trade notice,” the notification has stated.


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