LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has urged the government to facilitate the manufacture and export of personal protective equipment (PPE), a statement said on Tuesday.
The LCCI office bearer said, in the current economic pressure scenario, hundreds of manufacturing units related to the garment, sporting goods, textiles, plastics, and automotive industries shifted towards making PPE.
These units have added PPE as their product line. They provide enough products to meet local demand, and now have the capacity to export, they said.
Exports of PPE dresses, face masks and face shields can easily be taken for around $ 1 to $ 2 billion, if permitted. The absence of action in this regard will result in the surrender of this extraordinary export opportunity to India, Cambodia and Bangladesh, which have a short window to capture market share.
They said to facilitate local industry in making PPE, they must be equipped with a balanced playing field. Exemption from sales tax, which is given to imports and subsequent PPE sales through SRO 237 (I) 2020 on March 20, 2020 must also be given to local manufacturers.
The main obstacle in making PPE, in this emergency, is the registration process with the Pakistan Drug Regulatory Agency (DRAP), which takes a long time.
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