With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for medical supplies is rapidly increasing worldwide. What measures is the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) taking to guarantee the exportation of these medical supplies in a timely and orderly manner? Thank you.
Thanks for your concern with regard to our work. At present, the spread of COVID-19 across the world is accelerating. The orderly exportation of medical materials becomes a critical measure to deepen international cooperation on pandemic prevention and control and to jointly tackle the global public health crisis. The GACC resolutely implemented the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important instructions on pandemic prevention and control, earnestly implemented the decisions and deployment of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council and worked to perform our duty on the customs clearance of pandemic prevention materials. Since March 1, we have checked, cleared, and exported 10.2 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) worth of pandemic prevention and control materials.
To guarantee the orderly customs clearance of pandemic prevention and control materials, the GACC set up a special working group and strengthened organizational leadership on medical supplies exportation. We only release medical materials, including novel coronavirus detection reagents, surgical masks, medical protective suits, breathing machines and infrared thermometers, that are qualified with a medical equipment product registration certificate approved by the drug supervisory and administrative departments. We support enterprises to submit relevant certificates through electronic means. We strengthen the customs protection of intellectual property rights, and we resolutely punish infringements on pandemic prevention products. We crack down on all the illegal acts in accordance with the law, such as export fraud and concealment, secretly carrying, passing off fake goods as genuine ones and unqualified goods pretending to be qualified ones.
At the same time, the GACC actively helps enterprises to solve the problems and difficulties that arise during the process of customs clearance through various channels, such as a 12360 customs hotline. We vow to provide better customs clearance services for qualified enterprises, create a good customs clearance environment for the orderly exportation of medical materials, and support the international community in the unified fight against the pandemic. Thank you.