Government puts curbs on exports of diagnostic kits with immediate effect

NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday put curbs on exports of
diagnostic kits with a view to discourage shipments amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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export of diagnostic kits (diagnostic or laboratory reagents on a backing, preparation diagnostic or laboratory reagents) … is restricted with immediate effect,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

The move would help in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis as these kits are required for testing of patients.

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Earlier, exports of these products were allowed without any restrictions. Putting them under the restricted category would mean that an exporter will now require a licence from the DGFT for outbound shipments.

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