Indian government removes export curbs on all diagnostic kits

Mumbai: With Covid-19 cases coming down in the country, the government removed export curbs on all diagnostic kits and reagents including instruments, which are used in detection of coronavirus infections.

The export policy of all diagnostic kits and reagents (including instruments /apparatus) … is being made free with immediate effect, the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

The DGFT is an arm of the commerce ministry which deals with export and import related norms.

The export restrictions on these products were imposed in June last year and August 16, 2021 on account of increasing Covid-19 cases. An exporter has to seek licence or permission from the government for exports of goods which are under a restricted category.

Diagnostic kits and reagents include RT-PCR kits and reagents, RNA extraction kits and reagents, synthetic fibre swabs, Proteinase K, magnetic stand, beads, and Covid-19 rapid antigen testing kits.

In a separate notification, the DGFT revised its earlier decision of October 4 with regard to export of syringes with or without needles.

It was earlier put under restricted category for export purposes, but now the curbs would be there for only certain denominations of syringes.

Further, in another notification, the directorate removed a ban on exports of melt blown fabric of any GSM, used in air filtration equipment, mask materials and liquid filtering materials..

The melt blown fabric of any GSM has been made freely exportable with immediate effect, it said.


NT Bureau