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EU to limit export control of virus protection gear to just masks

“The bloc’s current restrictions apply to protective spectacles and visors, face shields, protective garments, gloves, as well as mouth and nose masks. These products can only be exported to a non-EU country with an authorization granted by individual EU countries. The restrictions were due to run from March 15 to April 25.”

[Reuters]

Europe seeks to abolish tariffs in $597 billion medical trade
“If successful, the initiative would represent the most significant effort to liberalize trade in medical goods at a moment when countries are hoarding critical health supplies. This year more than 70 countries have implemented barriers to trade in face masks, sanitizer, ventilators and other exports as the coronavirus pandemic whittled down national stockpiles of life-saving equipment.”

[Bloomberg]

U.S. asks China to revise export rules for coronavirus medical gear

“China tightened restrictions on exports of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) last Friday, calling for shipments of the items to be subjected to a mandatory customs inspection. It was a bid by China to balance the global demand for PPE to help treat the rising number of cases of the new coronavirus, while ensuring that manufacturers and sellers do not flood the market with uncertified or shoddy products.”

[Reuters]

Indonesia exempts import duties and import tax on goods for COVID-19

“With this latest regulation, imports of goods for handling COVID-19 such as imports of goods by the private sector that are used alone or imports of goods through individuals (shipment) and passenger luggage, are now facilitated.”

[Antara News]

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