The government has allowed imports of oxygen concentrators for personal use through the post, courier, or e-commerce portals under the gift category amid increasing demand for oxygen due to rising COVID-19 cases.
According to the Commerce Ministry, the exemption for oxygen concentrators is allowed only for a period till July 31, 2021.
Earlier, oxygen concentrators were not mentioned in the list. Now, it has been added on account of its high demand due to COVID-19 cases.
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from ambient air. It is in high demand due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the country. These concentrators capture and filter the air, unlike oxygen cylinders which can only store a fixed amount of oxygen.