Ban on export of alcohol-based sanitisers to continue, says govt

New Delhi, May 6 (PTI) The government on Wednesday said only alcohol-based sanitisers, which are effective against the new coronavirus, are prohibited for exports.

However, the industry can now export non-alcohol based sanitisers.

In March, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued a notification prohibiting export of all kinds of sanitisers with immediate effect.

Amending that March 24 notification, DGFT said that only alcohol-based hand sanitisers are prohibited for exports.

There was a shortage of hand sanitisers and face masks in the market amid the coronavirus outbreak as people resorted to panic buying.

According to estimates, India had exported sanitisers worth about USD 485 million in 2018-19. It was about USD 419 billion during April-January 2019-20. PTI RR MR RAM