Ban lifted on export of various personal protective equipment

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday lifted ban on export of various personal protective equipment (PPE) with immediate effect.

The ministry of commerce issued SRO 526(I)/2020 to amend the Export Policy Order, 2016.

The ministry allowed the export of PPE including disposable gowns, disposable gloves, face shields, biohazard bags, goggles, shoe cover and hand sanitizers.

The ministry put the ban on exports of such PPE through SRO 239(I)/2020 dated March 24, 2020.

The ban was imposed considering widespread of coronavirus in the country and to ensure availability of such PPEs in the country.

The SRO 239(I)/2020 had condition that the ban would lapse on the completion of the process of assessment of the baseline requirements of the country and stockpiling to be notified by the government.

The ministry however maintained restriction on export of tyvek suits, surgical masks and N-95 masks.

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