DGFT lifts export restrictions on N-95, FFP2 masks

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Mr Amit Yadav, DG DGFT

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has removed the restrictions on export of N95 and FFP2 masks from India.

The move came after the All India Mask Manufacturers Association gave a petition to the Modi government to remove restrictions on the export of N-95 masks.

Mr Amit Yadav, DG DGFT, said in a notification, "Export policy of N-95/FFP-2 masks or its equivalent is amended from 'Restricted' to 'Free' category making all types of masks freely exportable."

Earlier on August 25, 2020, a monthly export quota of 50 lakh units was fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent for issuance of export licenses to eligible applicants.

The Indian government had put restrictions on the export of medical equipment like PPE, masks, and gloves to prevent a shortage of these items in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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