Pakistan Receives Large International Orders for Export of Face Masks

According to Abdul Razaq Dawood, Pakistan has received a large number of orders for face masks from different parts of the world including US, Canada and Europe.

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razaq Dawood said that he has received information that some exporters have obtained large orders for face masks from US, Canada and Europe and termed this is a major breakthrough.

“It is part of our strategy to diversify into new segments and this has been achieved by the exporters through their own efforts. I’m sharing this information with others to encourage them to seek more orders from different parts of the world,” added the Advisor.

The government had approved export of textile masks across the world to earn foreign exchange for the country except for surgical and N-95 masks.

According to a letter of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, in a letter to Chairperson Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Nausheen Javaid Amjad, National Command and Operations Committee (NCOC) has deliberated upon the issue of purported ban imposed on export of cotton masks in its meeting held on April 16, followed by April 20, 2020.

Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination had clarified that the federal government has imposed a ban on the exports of N-95 and surgical masks only.

Pakistani exports witnessed a massive decline of 47.24% in April 2020, with their value dropping from $1.81 billion in the previous month to $957 million, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.