In a big win for PPE manufacturers, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has allowed the export of PPE suits. However, as of now DGFT has restricted the monthly export quote to 50 lakh PPE suits/medical coveralls for which the interested firms will need to apply for export license.
For quite some time, PPE manufacturers were upset with the government for not allowing them to export PPE even after lakhs of suits piling up in their units due to over production. An estimated 4.5 lakh to 5 lakh suits per day were being manufactured in India and country went on to become second largest manufacturer of PPE suits in the world within no time.
The development is significant for Punjab’s industry especially Ludhiana where from more than 110 manufacturers have got approval from the centre government laboratories like DRDO & SITRA to manufacture PPE suits.