The government allows the export of non-medical and non-surgical masks

NEW DELHI: The government eased restrictions on Saturday by allowing outgoing shipments of non-medical and non-surgical masks of all kinds, including cotton, silk, wool and knitwear.

However, all other types of masks, such as surgical masks, will continue to be prohibited for export.

A notification is amended to allow the export of non-medical/non-surgical masks of all kinds (cotton, silk, wool, knitted), the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

On March 19, the government had banned the export of surgical/disposable masks and textile raw materials used to make masks in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Previously on January 31, the government had banned the export of personal protective equipment, including clothing and masks used to protect the user from airborne particles and/or any other respiratory mask.

Garment exporters demanded ease to ban the export of cotton, silk, wool and knitted masks.

It is a welcome move. We request this from the government. Now we will have huge export orders. We hope to export these billion-dollar masks in the next three months, said A Sakthivel, chairman of the Indian Clothing Export Promotion Council. .