Taipei, The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) said on Monday that it will serve as a platform to allow overseas Taiwanese groups easier access to buy Taiwan-made surgical face masks, after the government announced the lifting of a ban on the export and open market mask sales on June 1.
According to an OCAC press release, many overseas Taiwan groups and businesses have long expressed their desire to buy face masks made by Taiwanese companies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been unable to do so due to the ban that has been in place since January.
As the ban was lifted on June 1, the OCAC said it will now allow such groups easier access to buy the masks.
From Monday, overseas Taiwanese associations, schools and business associations can either contact their local OCAC branch office or OCAC’s Taipei headquarters to apply to purchase masks from Taiwanese companies before a June 30 deadline.
Those who wish to make the purchases will have to buy at least 100,000 masks each time, priced at NT$5 (US$0.16) per mask. They cannot be resold for profit, according to the OCAC.
The groups should also appoint its representative in Taiwan to serve as a contact responsible for the purchases, it added.
After the June 30 deadline, the OCAC will come up with a list of all overseas groups from around the world that wish to buy the face masks, which it will hand to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The CECC will then help to find local manufacturers who can take the orders, the OCAC said.
The appointed contacts of the overseas groups will then be given the name of the manufacturer in question to facilitate the purchase, OCAC added.
The CECC announced in late May that the open market surgical mask sales would be lifted starting June because Taiwan now has enough masks to meet its daily needs, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be easing.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel