Due to the improvement of people’s living standards, the understanding of hygiene and safety is also higher, the threat of biological terrorism and other strict regulations on health care ( such as the current SARS virus, which transmits influenza in humans and, more recently, avian influenza). From the above problems, more and more people use gloves, leading to an increase in buying demand. In the rubber gloves manufacturing industry, the most common type that is mentioned is the Nitrile medical glove.

Malaysia – country has largest producer of rubber gloves

Malaysia, the world’s largest producer of rubber gloves, is in a race to speed up production to address supply shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) said that the country is in a situation where demand exceeds supply by 160 billion pairs.
Margma President, Supramaniam Shanmugam, said the time from production to the time a product reaches the final consumer is currently about seven months. He added that demand will remain strong through the second quarter of 2022.
Although global output is estimated to grow to 420 billion pairs this year, from 380 billion pairs last year and at an annual growth rate of 10-15%, Mr. Supramaniam said demand outstrips supply could potentially overwhelm supply. continued through 2023.
Malaysia is expected to supply 280 billion pairs, or 67% of total global production, this year. Margma said that Malaysia’s glove export revenue more than doubled in 2020 to 35.3 billion ringgit ($8.6 billion) and is expected to grow to 38 billion ringgit in 2021.
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Vietnam’s export situation

According to Mr. Supramaniam, Malaysian manufacturers are facing concerns about social responsibility. Top Glove Corp is in the process of resolving an import ban imposed by US Customs and Border Protection last July over allegations of forced labor.

Before the Covid-19 epidemic, the factory operated at about 70%-80% of capacity, 80% of products were exported, 20% were sold domestically. In 2020, before the sudden demand of the market, the factory will operate at 100% capacity with an output of 2.5 billion units/year, 30% for domestic service, including many preferential orders for hospitals. , export markets such as the US, Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand… To meet the new needs of the market, enterprises have linked with partners to increase the factory capacity to 5 billion units/year. (double current) and is expected to come into operation from next October.

As a “lucky” industry in the context of the epidemic when in the supply chain of anti-epidemic products, businesses also face some difficulties when the price of input materials increases such as: 20% increase in price of additives, increase in nitrile latex raw materials. from 1,300 USD/ton to 4,000 USD/ton, the delivery time was prolonged due to the lack of containers.
In particular, porcelain (glove shaper) is a domestic product that cannot be produced, must be ordered from Malaysia, even though it is a long-time partner, it takes a year from ordering to receiving goods.
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Conditions for exporting medical rubber gloves in some countries
Medical rubber gloves are specialized medical products, so each country will have its own import conditions according to regulations. Therefore, before exporting, enterprises need to discuss in detail with their partners about the terms and conditions of that country. Eg:
For the US and Canadian markets: Vietnamese enterprises need to provide FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) certificates for food and pharmaceutical products. Particularly for powder-free Nitrile gloves, US customs does not require FDA.
For the European market (EU): Enterprises need to meet EU standards for this item. In addition, another necessary procedure to know is CE Marking certification. This is a product certification that complies with the legislation of the European Union. This certification entitles the product to free circulation in the market in the entire European region.

What documents/documents are required for exporting medical rubber gloves?

Procedures for exporting medical rubber gloves to foreign countries are quite complicated because they are related to medical products. In export procedures, enterprises need to prepare many different documents. Specifically, customs declaration documents when exporting medical gloves include:
  • Sales contract (Commercial contract)
  • Commercial Invoice (Commercial Invoice)
  • Packing List (Goods packing slip)
  • Bill of Lading ( Sea Bill of Lading )
  • C/O form B, C/O form AK, C/O form D, etc. (Certificate of origin)
Regarding the certificate of origin, the Vietnamese government does not require the exporter to make the Made in Vietnam origin for exports. However, in many cases, the purchasing unit will ask the exporter to make a certificate of origin made in Vietnam.
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