The Directorate General of Foreign Trade has officially allowed free exports of all ventilators, including artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus. This follows a green signal given by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19 to the proposal by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to allow the export of made-in-India ventilators last week.
The DGFT, in a notification on Tuesday, changed the export policy for all ventilators from the prohibited category to the free category. Exports of ventilators were prohibited following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country earlier this year as there was a concern that there may be a shortage of the life-saving machine domestically.
The decision has been taken to allow exports freely as the country now has the capacity to manufacture ventilators indigenously.
The Notification can be accessed at: https://content.dgft.gov.in/Website/dgftprod/5b45c9f5-baab-4dd6-b576-348e2fb8cf03/Noti%20No.%2023%20dated%2004.08.2020%20-%20Eng.pdf