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EU imports in 2019 of PPE now subject to export restrictions

EU imports in 2019 of PPE now subject to export restrictions, by country

EU imports in 2019 of PPE now subject to export restrictions, by country

Another potential source of dependence is the concentration of imports from a few countries of origin. Figure 3 shows the top five countries of origin for EU imports of the PPE for which exports require authorisation. China dominates the PPE market, providing about two thirds of EU imports of mouth-nose protection and spectacles and visors, and nearly half of protective garments. When it comes to spectacle products, 96 % are sourced from just five countries, mostly from Asia, with two countries, namely China and Taiwan, representing 85 % of EU imports. The sourcing of these products is far more concentrated than EU imports of medical products as a whole, where China represents only 8 % of all PPE, and also than those of the larger set of PPE listed in the previous IR 2020/402 (March 2020).

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