The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has amended the export policy for 2/3 ply surgical masks, medical coveralls of all classes and categories from ‘restricted’ to ‘free’ category, and stated that from now, all these items can be freely exported.
The Centre removed the prohibition on export of medical coveralls for C-19 last month, allowing a quota of up to 50 lakh units to be exported every month against licenses issued by the government. However, India’s PPE manufacturers and the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) had urged the Centre to lift restrictions on exports on PPE coveralls since they were losing a significant amount of the export business to neighboring countries.
The Council had claimed that manufacturers of PPE coveralls, who invested crores in PPE manufacturing equipment, were facing difficulties since prices were crashing due to oversupply. A Sakthivel, chairman of AEPC welcomed the move. However, the council also wants curbs on N95 masks export removed.