GOI’s permission to export hand sanitizers brings relief to sugar mills


Indian sugar mills that manufactured hand sanitizers amid the coronavirus pandemic had been facing trouble in selling the stocks after they stepped up to manufacture sanitizers witnessing the high-jumped demand nationwide. To boost supply and ensure prevention of hoarding, the Government declared face masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities till June 30, 2020. However, after sanitizers were no longer an essential commodity, it was getting even tougher to compete and sell the stocks amidst no price caps hence leaving sugar millers panicky.

According to reports from the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) installed capacity of hand sanitizer has increased from approx 5000 litres per day to more than 30 lakh litres per day. Till date more than 3.70 crore litre of hand sanitizer has been produced. Seeing the availability, GOI permitted export of hand sanitizers.

A few millers affirmed that they couldn’t get hold of the right knack in marketing the sanitizers in the domestic market and predominantly that may be the reason why the stocks of sanitizers have not rolled smoothly as expected when the demand burst around. Nevertheless, they are optimistic that the move of exporting hand sanitizers may play well and help them sell their stocks swiftly.

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