China sees rising exports of epidemic prevention supplies

Updated: May 8, 2020 Xinhua Print
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A China Southern Airlines worker loads medical supplies, including masks and protective suits, at Shenyang Taoxian International Airport in Northeast China's Liaoning province, on March 16, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

China's exports of epidemic control materials continued to increase in the past two months, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

From March 1 to May 6, the country exported epidemic prevention supplies to 194 countries and regions through procurement, said MOC spokesperson Gao Feng at a press conference on May 7.

As of May 6, 77 countries and regions and six international organizations had inked procurement contracts for 216 batches of medical supplies, while governments of 71 countries and regions and eight international organizations are conducting procurement negotiations on 128 batches of supplies with Chinese enterprises, Gao said.

Meanwhile, the MOC has been working with other departments to strengthen quality control over exports of medical supplies. Products that do not meet either Chinese or foreign quality standards shall not be exported, according to Gao.

The spokesperson noted that China has been cracking down on exports of counterfeit and shoddy products and other behaviors. Special work teams were deployed to 10 provinces and cities in mid- and late April to carry out on-site inspections.

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