April 2, 2020
The Chinese Communist Party sought to manage the global political fallout from shipping thousands of defective coronavirus test kits and protective masks on Wednesday by announcing new export restrictions on medical supplies from companies that lack the necessary licenses to sell them in foreign markets.
The South China Morning Post reported the new rules were issued after European customers complained about “the quality and accuracy of test kits and other products” purchased from Chinese vendors:
The new rule applies to all companies seeking to export test kits, face masks, protective clothing, ventilators and infrared thermometers, according to a joint statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Commerce, General Administration of Customs and the National Medical Products Administration.
Previously, Chinese exporters were required only to have CE certification to indicate their goods conformed to the health and safety standards required for sale within the European Economic Area.
The statement said also that companies must demonstrate to the Chinese customs agency that their products meet the relevant standards of the countries to which there goods are being exported.
The new rules would be tightly implemented and any company caught trying to undermine or circumvent them would be punished accordingly, it said.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 3:30 am