Turkey introduces export controls on ventilators

Turkey has introduced export controls on ventilators as part of measures to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan tweeted on Thursday that controls would ensure that respiratory devices would be prioritised to meet the domestic health demand.

She said that the export of Turkish supplies of ventilators, intubation tubes, and intensive care monitors will now require permission from the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency.

Pekcan said on Wednesday that Turkey had lifted customs duties on the import of medical masks and respirators as part of its measures to combat the coronavirus.

She said the 20-percent customs duty had been lifted on disposable medical masks, as had the 13-percent duty on respiratory devices such as ventilators and oxygen concentrators. 

The 10 percent duty on ethyl alcohol used in the production of disinfectant and cologne, which some people in Turkey have used as a hand sanitiser due to its high alcohol content, had also been lifted, she said.