In the pandemic period, the grant requirement for the State Materials Office (DMO) became a challenge in the surgical gown and mask that broke records in exports. The Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EIB) Coordinator President Jak Eskinazi requested the State Material Office to remove grants.
When a mask is exported there is a requirement to donate a mask to DMO, and in the export of surgical overalls, one overall for all three overalls. Exporters want these grants to be removed.
Referring to the fact that grants impose a great cost on the export of surgical products, Eskinazi said, “Our exporter companies, whose business was seriously interrupted during the pandemic period, breathed with the export of surgical masks and overalls. Due to the grant requirement, up to 100 percent increase in the costs of our exporters occurred. We started to lose our export markets because we were expensive. Europeans are making their own investments, we made Europeans industrialists again. They started to buy fabric from us and to produce masks and overalls. If our government makes a grant related regulation, this sector, which is saving foreign currency to Turkey, could be in a better position. Turkey’s surgical mask, overalls and surgical material exports may be tripled. Otherwise, we will miss the opportunity in these items, which currently offer opportunities in exports.”
Sertbaş: “The mask is now a part of our lives”
Burak Sertbaş, President of the Aegean Ready-to Wear and Apparel Exporters’ Association, said that surgical and medical materials entered our lives with the pandemic, and that they will always be. Sertbaş underlined that the measures to be taken should not prevent sustainability in exports. Sertbaş gave the information that the Aegean Ready-to-Wear and Apparel Exporters ‘Association reached a peak again within the Aegean Exporters’ Associations with an export of 104 million dollars in June. Sertbaş gave the information that the Aegean Ready-to-Wear and Apparel Exporters ‘Association reached a peak again within the Aegean Exporters’ Associations with an export of 104 million dollars in June.
Sertbaş said; “Our export of conventional apparel has caught the same numbers of the June of last year. Surgical gowns, masks and surgical materials exports increased from $ 8.5 million to $ 33.7 million, up 295 percent compared to June last year. I hope that as of July, with the increase of normal conventional products; as well as the increase of medical supplies, ready-to-wear export will rise to much higher levels. We are too late in the export of these materials. We had a hard time trying to sell very expensive. If the grants are removed, we will ensure sustainability in the export of surgical masks and overalls.”