A key in determining whether an export license is needed from the Department of Commerce is finding out if the item you intend to export has a specific Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). ECCNs are five character alpha-numeric designations used on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to identify dual-use items for export control purposes. An ECCN categorizes items based on the nature of the product, i.e. type of commodity, software, or technology and its respective technical parameters.
China has now restricted the export of ventilators under category 3 (electronic equipment), which means that it’s more difficult to export them than it used to be. And before you get upset about that and start blaggarding the communists (which I’m never opposed to in principle), it’s due to claims of ‘faulty or fake’ material being shipped from China during the plague.
In some cases it’s the fault of unscrupulous Chinese, and in some cases (Holland), it’s because a less expensive and less capable face mask was ordered. All N95 masks are not equal. We sell something like six grades of N95 masks on our website (globalstrategiesmedical.com). We haven’t had a problem with customers, but you have to order the right thing if you want to receive the right thing.
The bottom line is that ventilators shipped from China are now controlled for your safety, but having levels of bureaucracy placed between the manufacturer and the airplane leaving China, has caused the flow to turn from water to molasses.
We are working to cut the Gordian Knot, but it just takes extra time, that some people don’t have.