The National Command & Operation Centre of the National Coordination Committee has decided on June 8, 2020, to allow exports (with immediate effect) of PPE like disposal gowns, disposable gloves, face shields, biohazard bags, goggles, shoe cover, and hand sanitizers. The N 95 masks, surgical masks, and Tyvek suits will still remain under the ban as per SRO 526 issued on June 9, 2020.
On the 24th of March, the government put a ban on the export of complete PPEs in a bid to ensure availability for domestic use. It is to assess the baseline requirement for the country. Whereas cotton export is allowed, already on the 23rd of April.
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However, it had already allowed export of cotton masks on April 23.
Imports and exports of instruments and medical goods have been overseen by the ministry of national health services that sent a letter to the chairperson of FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) granting the permission of export of PPEs.
The government played its role to uplift the ban on PPE exports, said Razak Dawood, Adviser to PM on Commerce. He also addressed to exporters to take note and speed up to catch a big chunk of the world market.
Adding to his suggestion, he advised the pharma industry to contribute towards sharing their proposal with the commerce ministry to provide support on tariff rationalism and exports. Its time, for change and the industry, got great potential that needs to be unleashed, he mentioned.
Many countries have restricted the export of articles used in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
Pakistani manufacturers shipped washable and reusable cloth masks. Apart from the destruction, COVID-19 is making ways for the textile industry. Undoubtedly, its leading ways to the revival of the textile industry in one way or another.