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WTO: China is Top Exporter of Face Masks

  • 2020-04-04

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has released a new report on the trade of medical products, noting that China is the top exporter of face masks,disposable surgical medical mask,Surgical gown SMS disposable isolation gown level 3 and other personal protective equipment in severe short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

China supplied 25 percent of world exports of face masks in 2019, and together with Germany and the U.S., the three contribute to almost half of the world face mask supply.

Breathing apparatus, including respirators and ventilators, are supplied by a relatively small number of countries: Singapore which has 18 percent market share, by the U.S. with 16 percent, Netherlands 10 percent and China 10 percent.

Trade in products critical and in severe short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic totaled about $597 billion, or 1.7 percent of total world trade, in 2019. These include: disinfectants/ sterilization products; face masks; gloves; hand soap and sanitizer; patient monitors and pulse oximeters; protective spectacles and visors; sterilizers; syringes; thermometers; ultrasonic scanning apparatus; ventilators, oxygen masks; X-ray equipment; and other devices such as computer tomography apparatus.

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