Taipei, 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) said Wednesday.
In a notice, the ministry said the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has given 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 (???).
Currently, Taiwan is working to increase its daily output of surgical face masks to 9.2 million this week and to 10.3 million by next week, the MOEA said.
The ministry is investing NT$200 million (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..
In an effort to meet domestic demand for face masks amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the government on Jan. 23 issued an export ban on disposable surgical masks and one week later began requisitioning those produced domestically.
On Feb. 6, the government launched a rationing system, which requires people to present their National Health Insurance cards at designated pharmacies to obtain three surgical masks per week for adults and five for children.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel