Portugal Starts Exporting Masks: Economy Minister

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Though Portugal’s garment industry produces a million masks daily focussing on the domestic market, it has recently started exporting masks, according to economy minister Pedro Siza Vieira, who said the industry has mobilised a lot to raise production and cheaper masks will be available soon as the value-added tax on masks has been reduced to 6 per cent.

As the supply of masks rises, the price will become more affordable, the minister was quoted as saying by a news agency.

Siza Vieira added that Portugal has already exported face masks, primarily to European countries but in relatively small quantities.

Masks will be made widely available through pharmacies, supermarkets and vending machines as their use has been made mandatory in all public ‘closed’ spaces.