DGFT allows free exports of ventilators

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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

Read More at: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/dgft-allows-free-exports-of-ventilators/article32270750.ece#

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