The federal government has allowed the export of N-95 and surgical masks, said Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry.
The federal minister took to Twitter to announce the development and said that it was the only item under the personal protective equipment (PPE) that was not allowed by the federal cabinet to be exported earlier.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country on February 26, we were importing the PPE equipment, Fawad Chaudhry said, adding that currently, the country has become one of the biggest exporters of the coronavirus protective equipment.
وفاقی کابینہ نے آج N-95 اور سرجیکل ماسک کی ایکسپورٹ کی اجازت بھی دے دی PPE کی فہرست میں یہ آخری آئیٹم تھے جن کی ایکسپورٹ پر پابندی تھی،26 فروری کو پہلا COVID کیس پاکستان میں آیا تو ہم تمام PPE آئٹم امپورٹ کر رہے تھے آج الحمدللہ پاکستان COVID Materials کا بڑا آیکسپورٹر ہے #Covid
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 18, 2020
Abdul Razak Dawood said that the Cabinet has allowed export of N-95 & surgical masks.
It would take a few days to get the notification out, but in the meantime please prepare to go full speed ahead & fulfill your orders.
It is pertinent to mention here that on June 9, the Adviser to the Prime Minister Abdul Razak Dawood announced that the federal government has granted permission to export personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizers.
He said that the federal government has done its part and exporters will benefit from the decision to capture a good share of the world market amid the COVID-19 crisis.