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Taiwan to allow export of fabric masks for limited time

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 23 March 2020

Taiwan will allow the export of fabric face masks from March 12 until April 30, as domestic production has been increasing, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced on March 11.

In a notice, the ministry said the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) gave the green light for people in Taiwan to send fabric masks to relatives and friends overseas amid the global spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The term "fabric masks" refers to those made of woven or knitted fabrics that do not have effective filters against micro-particles, according to the ministry.

It said no special export permit will be required to ship such masks abroad during the period March 12 to April 30, only a customs declaration listing the contents of the package.

Meanwhile, Taiwan will consider supplying surgical face masks to other countries when its production exceeds domestic demand, according to Economic Affairs Minister Shen Jong-chin.

Taiwan is working to increase its daily output of surgical face masks to 9.2 million this week and to 10.3 million, the MOEA said.

The ministry is investing US$6.6 million in the effort, purchasing new equipment and building 32 new production lines, which will boost its mask production to 13 million per day by early April, the ministry said.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Kai Chiu (kai@taitra.org.tw)

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