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China stiffens mask exporting rules

Novel Coronavirus pandemic has unbelievably increased the demand for medical-related equipment, especially the global demand for masks. Many top experts compared the situation with a treasure hunt.

Figure: China tightened supervisions and standardizations on urgently needed medical products to ensure quality.

To ease the pressured situation one of the leading medical exporters China has decided to ensure supervisions and standardizations on immediately needed medical masks to ensure quality.

On March 31, the Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) jointly published the announcement on the orderly export of medical supplies.

Ministry of Commerce said all non-medical masks must be up to its own or foreign quality standards before being exported. And all exporters should file for a written declaration that their medical products meet import countries’ or regions’ quality standards and safety requirements, according to the ministry.

“Quality and safety of medical supplies bear on people’s life and health. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the quality and safety of medical supplies, as shown by our strict regulation governing relevant products,” said the Ministry of Commerce.

It also said foreign buyers are encouraged to choose the suppliers that are registered at medical products administration departments.

Prior to that the Textile Industry Association in East China’s Jiangsu Province issued the standard for polypropylene melt-blown nonwovens, a critical material for making face masks, for its members – the first adoption of a standard in China.

On the other side, some investors in Hunan Province said they are worried about the severe shortage of melt-blown nonwovens, which is limiting production capacity.

With the shortage of material supply, rising prices, and some substandard products, China has implemented measures, including customs inspection, export qualification check, and facilitating factories’ production.

An official data showed, from March 1 to April 4, China has exported life-saving supplies worth 10.2 billion yuan ($1.43 billion), including 3.86 billion masks, 37.52 million sets of protective outfits, and 16,000 ventilators.

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