The Union Health Ministry said that no oxygen concentrators obtained as assistance from abroad are being kept by customs authorities at any port of entry because these consignments are being cleared quickly.
There is no such pending matter with Indian Customs, according to the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). All consignments are being cleared quickly by Indian Customs, and there are no such estimates of pending imports at any of the ports.
In total, 3000 oxygen concentrators have been received as global aid to support the efforts of the Indian government, states, and union territories in their joint battle against the global pandemic.
The oxygen concentrators are either delivered or dispatched for delivery to the specified tertiary care institutions. The relief supplies were sent by road and air as well. It is clarified that there are no oxygen contractors in the Customs Department's warehouse.
List Of Countries That Sent Oxygen
Mauritius has sent 200 oxygen concentrators
Russia has sent 20 oxygen concentrators
The UK has sent in four consignments - 95+120+280+174
Romania has sent 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders
Ireland has sent 700 oxygen concentrators
Thailand has sent 30 oxygen concentrators
China has sent 1000 oxygen concentrators
Uzbekistan has sent 151 oxygen concentrators
Taiwan has sent 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders
The United States, Uzbekistan, and Belgium have given the drug Remdesivir, which has also become scarce and in high demand. Other countries also sent medical supplies and other covid related medical support as well.
Bahrain has sent 40 MT of liquid oxygen and Ireland 700 units of oxygen concentrators.
The Indian Customs is aware of the need for COVID-related imports, such as oxygen and oxygen-related equipment, and is working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to expedite clearance and lead to expedited clearance within hours. On April 24, the Saudi government sent 80 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen to India through the Adani Group and Linde shipping companies.
The matter of a consignment of 3,000 oxygen concentrators pending with Customs Authorities recently came up in the Delhi High Court, and the Government Counsel clarified that no such consignment is currently pending with Customs Authorities.