After a lot of hue and cry, on 29 June, the Government finally allowed the export of PPE with a limit of 5 million per month. However, everything does not seem to be fine at this front.
DGFT has said that all applications received from 1 to 3 July were examined and none of the applications fulfilled the specific criteria. All these applications, therefore, have been found ineligible for allocation of export quota.
It further added that for this month, online applications for export will be considered from 22 to 24 July, while from August onwards, the same will be considered from 1st to 3rd day of each month.
“We filled the application with full care, as per the instructions of DGFT, and it is shocking that today through this notification we got to know that our application is rejected. I don’t see any reason why the application is rejected,” said one PPE manufacturer on the request of anonymity.
He further added that as now licence permission is delayed for 20 days, I am doubtful if our buyer will wait for more.
DGFT vide Trade Notice No. 18 dated 20.07.2020 has revised the procedure and criteria for submission of applications under monthly export quota for PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19.
For more details, please refer to the link below:https://t.co/u9FQ1Ychyo
— DGFT (@dgftindia) July 20, 2020
“From delay to allowing PPE export to not allowing the export of 3 ply masks so far, the working of DGFT is not clear. All this is quite demotivating for manufacturers like us,” said another PPE manufacturer who also didn’t wish to be quoted.
Around 700 companies are making PPEs or coveralls across the country, which cover right from top exporters to hundreds of SMEs.