Russia restricts exports of face masks and other medical goods

Russia restricts exports of face masks and other medical goods

The Russian government has imposed a temporary ban on exports of some medical goods and equipment, including medical face masks and antiviral drugs, from March 2 to June 1, 2020, amid the spread of coronavirus. 

An executive order to this effect was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

"To impose a temporary ban from the date of entry into force of this executive order until June 1, 2020, on exports of products from the Russian Federation according to the list in the appendix, with the exception of exports of such products to provide international humanitarian assistance to foreign states based on decisions by the Russian government, as well as imports of materials and disposable items, which are part of these products, by individuals," the executive order reads.

According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the list of such products includes respiratory protective equipment, medical safety glasses, chemical protection suits, medical face masks, some antiviral drugs, medical gloves and gowns.

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