Circular No.ES/316/2020-21 26th August, 2020
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Amendment in Export Policy of Personal Protection Equipments/Masks
We are glad to inform you that DGFT has removed restrictions on the export of PPE medical coveralls and 2/3 ply surgical masks and allowed exports of N95 and equivalent masks under monthly quota. The Council has been representing this issue with the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Textiles for quite a long time. The Chairman of the Council, Shri Ronak Rughani has thanked the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Hon'ble Union Ministers of Commerce & Industry and Textiles, and the DGFT for considering the issue and removing these restrictions. By lifting the restriction on PPE medical coveralls and 2/3 ply surgical masks, the Government has opened the doors for our exporters who were waiting for the opportunity to produce and supply these products across the globe.
DGFT vide Notification No. 29/2015-20 dated 25th August,2020, has made following amendments in Notification No. 21 dated 28th July, 2020 amending Schedule 2 of the ITC (HS) Export Policy 2018 related to the export of Personal Protection Equipments/Masks, as under:
Members may please note the following amendments -
The export policy of 2/3 Ply Surgical masks, medical coveralls of all classes and categories (including medical coveralls for COVID-19) is amended from “Restricted” to “Free” category and these coveralls (including gowns and aprons of all types) are now freely exportable.
Medical goggles continue to remain in a Restricted category with a monthly quota of 20 Lakh units and Nitrile/NBR gloves continue to remain prohibited.
The export policy of N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent masks is revised from “Prohibited” to “Restricted” category. A monthly export quota of 50 lakh units has been fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent, for issuing export licenses to eligible applicants as per the criteria to be separately issued in a Trade Notice.