The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has revealed that the Indian government has permitted the export of 4 crore surgical masks and 20 lakh medical goggles every month.
The government had earlier banned exports of 2/3 Ply surgical masks, medical goggles and face shields in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It has now permitted monthly export of 20 lakh medical goggles and 50 Lakh units of medical coveralls for COVID-19. All other items that are part of PPE kits remain prohibited. Export of masks and goggles has been moved from banned category to restricted one, under which an exporter has to seek permission or a license from DGFT.