Coronavirus India: Government Puts Curbs On Exports Of Diagnostic Kits With Immediate Effect

Coronavirus cases in India: Putting diagnostic kits under the restricted category would mean that an exporter will now require a licence from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade for outbound shipments.

Coronavirus India: Government Puts Curbs On Exports Of Diagnostic Kits With Immediate Effect

COVID-19: The move will help in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis as the kits are needed for testing.

New Delhi:

The government on Saturday put curbs on exports of diagnostic kits to discourage shipments amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"The 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.

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.