In March 2020, the German authorities imposed an export licensing requirement on certain personal protective equipment due to anticipated shortages in the country following the COVID-19 outbreak. 



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The German government gazette bundesanzeiger, Anordnung von Beschränkungen im Außenwirtschaftsverkehr mit bestimmten Gütern vom: 12.03.2020 (BAnz AT 12.03.2020 B1), issued on 12 March 2020:

Inception date: 12 Mar 2020 | Removal date: 19 Mar 2020

Export licensing requirement

On 12 March 2020, the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy issued a decree imposing an export licensing requirement on certain personal protective equipment. Such goods include protective safety glasses, masks, gloves and garments as well as face shields and protective spectacles or visors. 

In this context, the German authorities noted that the licensing requirement was introduced to maintain a functioning healthcare system, to protect medical staff and to protect the population as a whole against infection. The measures were introduced following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Notably, the German authorities' imposition of an export licensing requirement replaces an export ban which was introduced on 4 March 2020, see the related state act. The GTA, however, maintains an evaluation of red given the short period the export ban was in place.

On 19 March 2020, the export licensing requirement was terminated following the European Union's imposition of an EU-wide export licensing requirement on the same goods, see related state act.