Manufacturers of medical masks, gloves and PPE advocate for resumption of exports
Manufacturers of masks, rubber gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) suits have urged the government to resume exports.
They believe that there is adequate domestic production capacity and they run the risk of losing buyers in large markets such as the United States and Europe.
“Manufacturers in India have the capacity to produce several million face masks and suits every day. There will be no shortage in the domestic market if exports are allowed.
“In fact, we will also be able to take advantage of the increased global demand for the products, as buyers in Europe and other western countries do not want to buy from China due to the Covid-19 situation,” according to Salil Goyal . by Nufab Technical Textiles Pvt Ltd.
Goyal said technical textile producers associations had already asked the General Directorate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to restart exports of all kinds of masks and PPE because the Covid-19 pandemic had also led to an increase in demand around the world.
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“We were already exporting to the United States, Afghanistan, Malaysia, the Philippines and several countries in South America. Right now, there is a lot of interest from new buyers because many countries want to move away from China, and we need to take advantage of that, ”Goyal said.
With the Textiles Ministry encouraging clothing and textile manufacturers to engage in the production of PPE and masks, the supply situation in the domestic market has further improved, a government official said.
“Garment and textile manufacturing units have now started to import the necessary machinery, mainly from China, and many of them have started producing masks and PPE,” the official said.
RFB Latex Ltd, a latex glove manufacturing unit of Noida SEZ, has applied to the government for permission to export “NBR” gloves, which are prohibited items, made from imported raw materials.
In its representation on the SEZ Approval Board, the company pointed out that due to the export ban on NBR gloves, it was unable to serve the large customer base in the United States, Europe and in South America, developed over the past 30 years. . If it fails to deliver, it risks losing its customers forever to competitors in China, Malaysia and Vietnam who have now resumed their exports at full speed and are even increasing their capacities.
The unit further stated that it would continue to respond as a priority to the Indian government’s request.
“Although the representation made by RFB Latex has been submitted to the BoA, which will meet on May 29, the opinion of the DGFT and other relevant ministries can also be requested because the issue is linked to the Covid-19 crisis “, said the official. .