The Indian officials have confirmed that the Central government of the country has put a ban on the export of alcohol-based hand sanitizers amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), that comes under the Ministry of Commerce, issued an official notice on May 6 stating, “Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are prohibited for export”.
The decision has been taken so as to keep adequate supply in the country and make available its free availability in the domestic market.
Sanitizers of reputed companies are still unavailable in the market, due to the extended lock-down and the earlier panic buying of the product.
Apart from maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks, washing hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers are key activities to fight the spread of COVID-19, thus augmenting the demand of the alcohol-based sanitizer in other countries.
The move is quite practical in this adverse time.