By Staff writer
Total trade in face masks and gloves hit $17.9m for the first three months of 2020
Dubai Customs has almost matched the entire external trade of face masks from 2019 in the first quarter of this year.
The authority revealed that the trade in masks reached AED60.5 million ($16.5m) in Q1, compared to the 2019 total of AED63.5m ($17.3m).
It comes as the emirate battles to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, with widespread closures and strict lockdown measures in place.
Imports of masks in the last three months accounted for around AED40m ($11m), exports reached AED3.4m ($926,000) and re-exports hit AED17m ($4.6m).
Dubai external trade in gloves during Q1 2020 was worth AED5.2m ($1.4m) with imports making the biggest share at AED4.67m ($1.3m).
Total trade of masks and gloves in Q1 2020 totalled AED65.7m ($17.9m).
"Dubai Customs works at a faster pace in support of the national efforts against the outbreak of the coronavirus relying on their distinguished customs experience and qualified inspectors and employees," said Nasim Al Muhairi, senior manager of the statistics department at Dubai Customs.
He added, "Making sure medical supplies are available and everybody has access to them is essential. We have the human and technological potential to facilitate trade and secure the borders, aided by our dedicated employees who excel even in hard times."