Big breather for PPE suit manufacturers, India allows export under quota system

LUDHIANA: In a big win for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit manufacturers who were facing the danger of closing down their units due to huge shortage of local orders and drop in rates, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Monday allowed the export of PPE suits. However, as of now DGFT has restricted the monthly export quote to 50 lakh PPE suits/medical coveralls for which the interested firms will need to apply for export license.
The manufacturers from quite some time were upset with the government for not allowing them to export PPE even after lakhs of suits piling up in their units due to over production. An estimated 4.5 lakh to 5 lakh suits per day were being manufactured in India and country went on to become second largest manufacturer of PPE suits in the world within no time.

The development is very significant for Punjab’s industry specially Ludhiana where from more than 110 manufacturers have got approval from the centre government laboratories like DRDO & SITRA to manufacture PPE suits. Notably few days ago Punjab chief minister , Captain Amarinder Singh too had shot off a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi for allowing the industry to export the PPE suits.

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