China Tightens Customs Checks for Medical Equipment Exports

China will subject ventilators, surgical masks and other medical equipment to more stringent customs checks

China will subject ventilators, surgical masks and other medical equipment to more stringent customs checks before exporting them, after recipient countries questioned the quality of much-needed personal protective equipment made in the country.

The new rules, introduced Friday, target 11 classes of items to extra inspections. Beyond masks and ventilators, they also include protective clothing, infrared thermometers, surgical goggles and gloves and medical disinfectants.