India allows export of 50 lakh PPE coveralls per month

New Delhi (NVI): Partially relaxing export norms, the Central government today allowed the export of personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls and set the limit for export as 50 lakh units per month, after a ban since the coronavirus disease outbreak.

The product was banned for export earlier, but it has now been moved to the restricted category.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DFGT) in its order stated that, “A monthly quota of 50 lakh PPE medical coverall for COVID-19 units has been fixed for issuance of export licence to the eligible applicants to export PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19 as per the criteria to be separately issued in a trade notice”.

There would be a quantitative ban on the export of the PPE items to ensure that the country doesn’t suffer from any shortage of it.

However, all other items like masks, medical goggles, nitrile rubber or NBR, gloves and face shields remain prohibited for export in accordance with the DGFT order issued on June 22.

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted in this regard, “Boosting Make in India exports, PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19 have been allowed with a monthly export quota of 50 lakh.”

India was producing one crore PPE units per month as per the Central government’s specifications to fight the viral outbreak.