Tex­tile in­dus­try de­mands duty-free ac­cess to China

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The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Tex­tile In­dus­try (CITI) has writ­ten to the Govern­ment to ask China to pro­vide duty-free ac­cess for In­dia’s cot­ton tex­tiles to com­pete with ri­val coun­tries, in­clud­ing Viet­nam, In­done­sia, Pak­istan and Cam­bo­dia. Ab­sence of duty-free ac­cess to China has ad­versely im­pacted In­dia’s busi­ness as com­pared to its ri­vals, ex­plained CITI in its let­ter. Those who en­joy duty-free ac­cess to China have pushed In­dia from be­ing net ex­porter of tex­tile and ap­parel prod­ucts to the coun­try dur­ing 2010-11 to 2013-14. Yarn, fab­ric and made-ups ex­port from In­dia to China at­tracts 3.5 per cent, 10 per cent and 14 per cent duty re­spec­tively. “Cot­ton yarn ex­port from In­dia de­clined by 53 per cent in 2017 as com­pared to 2013 while Viet­nam wit­nessed 88 per cent in­crease in ex­ports of cot­ton yarn to China in the same pe­riod,” said San­jay K Jain, Chair­man, CITI.

In view of trade deficit ob­served in 2017-18, CITI urged the Govern­ment to ex­pe­dite talks with China for duty-free ac­cess of In­dian cot­ton tex­tiles in the coun­try. In­dia ob­served a trade deficit of US $ 1,543 mil­lion as In­dia ex­ported tex­tile and ap­parel prod­ucts worth US $ 1,362 while Chi­nese im­port stood at US $ 2,905 mil­lion in 2017-18. Markedly, CITI is the apex in­dus­try cham­ber rep­re­sent­ing all the sub-sec­tors of the tex­tile sec­tor with over 4,000 di­rect and in­di­rect mem­bers.

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