AISNMA disappointed over restriction on export of syringes

The All India Syringe & Needle Manufacturers Associationhas urged government to not to restrict export of non-Covid size syringes

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New Delhi: The All India Syringe & Needle Manufacturers Association, the nodal body for domestic syringe manufacturers expressed disappointment over Government’s decision to restrict the export of syringes and said that it will put the domestic syringe makers in an awkward situation.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on 4th October issued a notification saying that the export policy for syringes with or without needles has been amended from “free” to “restricted”
The statement from AiSNMA read: “It takes lots of effort and years to build credibility as a global supplier and India’s reputation as Manufacturing Hub of Syringes will be tarnished as being undependable. We will always prioritize domestic needs”
Mr. Rajiv Nath, President, All India Syringes and Needles Manufacturers Association (AiSNMA) urged the Government to:
  • To lift the restriction on Non-covid sizes of syringes like Insulin syringes, 5 ml & larger syringe sizes or 0.3 ml AD syringes developed for Pfizer which can’t be used in India for vaccination and will be a wasted capacity otherwise.
  • At least 50% of the quantity shipped to a Country last year in October – January period of 0.5 ML / 1 ML / 2 ML & 3 ML may be allowed to be maintained. This will enable a historical past performance benchmark of standard needs to be catered to if rationing needs to be done
  • Clarity should be given of India’s quarterly needs by MoH&FW for calendar year 2022 as we can’t plan on 2-4 months window horizon basis
Mr Rajiv Nath said further: “Countries are counting on India to support global immunization / vaccination projects mainly for children for Yellow Fever or Measles, Hepatitis B, Pentavalent or BCG etc. Those are not the syringes used for COVAX Supplies of 0.5 ML AD etc.We cannot deprive those children from those immunization commitments as those syringes will anyways not be used for Covid vaccination in India and will lie unused in our factories causing us huge losses. This is our ongoing global contractual commitments to support global vaccination projects.”
“The supply chain management is currently challenged temporarily due to the peak seasonal spike in demand for standard disposable syringes for Dengue & Typhoid etc. This will ease by Nov mid As of now it’s important for the 20 odd Indian Syringe Manufacturers to focus on Non-Covid Curative care as priority one and then priority two is vaccination preventive care and then honoring exports commitments, but turning off the tap suddenly is disruptive as it will create problems for the Indian syringe manufacturers choking their production lines,” said Mr. Nath.
“We wish Government had called for joint meetings between Vaccine manufacturers, Syringes and Needle manufacturers to create a balance between demand & supply and timely support for capacity creation like various Covid critical Medical Devices and used PLI Scheme to incentivize capacity increase. Such a situation could have been easily avoided. Now business commitments will need to be dishonoured and credibility painstakingly built over the years & India’s reputation as a dependable supplier and Manufacturing Hub of Syringes will be in tatters,” said Mr. Vimal Khemka, secretary, AISNMA.
COVID-19 crisis has shown that the Indian Syringe manufacturers sector can rise to the challenge. Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd (HMD) alone has supplied 484 million pcs to GoItill date to help vaccinate over 650 million people.
“In our utmost endeavour to make India Covid syringe surplus, in August HMD has achieved production capacity of over 1 Billion AD syringes for Covid vaccination per year, helping make India Atmanirbhar in syringe manufacturing. Presently HMD is producing more than 4.2 lakh syringes of various types per hour at our factories spread over 11 acres in Faridabad industrial district in Haryana.” mentioned Rajiv Nath also the Managing Director of Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd.
To help in vaccinating India against Covid, HMD has reserved maximum capacity for India. HMD presently is not accepting any export orders from many overseas potential buyers.
“In line with PM Modi’s plans to resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 in order to fulfill the commitment of India towards COVAX, we at HMD are confident that India will also be in a position to export Covid vaccine syringes as part of ‘Vaccine Maitri’ to fulfill India’s commitment towards the world for the collective fight against COVID-19. No One is Safe until Everyone is Safe,” said Mr. Nath.
“We on behalf of the Indian syringe manufacturers appeal to the Govt. not to restrict export of syringes which are not required by India. We will always prioritize domestic needs.Indian Syringe manufacturers extends full cooperation & support to GoI and will do whatever it needs to produce syringes ahead of schedule to ensure success of India’s massive vaccination campaign,” Mr.Nath concluded.