Immediate prohibition on export of all ventilators, artificial respiratory apparatus, oxygen therapy apparatus, breathing device as well as sanitizers
Delhi: In its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has prohibited the export of all ventilators, including any artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus or any other breathing appliance/device.
The Ventilators were put in the prohibited category on 19th March 2020. However, the notification (No 53/2015-2020) issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry has further amended the export policy. It widens the ambit of products under the prohibited category and will prevent any scope of export of these items by any other classification.
The Government has also prohibited the export of all Sanitizers.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that to prevent any kind of shortage in the country in the scenario of coronavirus, the export of Ventilators, Surgical/Disposable Masks (2/3 ply) and Textile raw material used for masks and coveralls had been prohibited with immediate effect.
A Notification issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry says that amendments in this regard had been made in the Export Policy. All other items except surgical/disposable (2/3 ply) masks allowed in the Notification No.48 dated 25.2.2020 shall remain free for exports, the notification added