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India: MP apparel exports down 30 per cent

Apparel exports from Madhya Pradesh have dropped by over 30 per cent in compared to a year ago. This is because of price disadvantage exporters face abroad. While textile exporters in other countries get duty exemption and tax benefits, Indian exporters don’t, and this leads to higher costing for Indian products. A sharp drop in demand has led to huge inventories and rising liabilities of manufacturers.

Madhya Pradesh is the fourth largest cotton producing state. India has over five per cent share in global textile and apparel trade, of which garments contribute the most, 37 per cent, followed by cotton yarn and fabrics, which contribute about 23 per cent. India’s exports of cotton textiles grew 26.8 per cent from April to September 2018. The ongoing trade war between the US and China could possibly open up new opportunities for cotton textile exports from India. Alternate schemes for promoting exports are being devised which would improve competitiveness. These alternate schemes are expected to be WTO compliant. India is the second largest textile exporter in the world. Today, cotton yarn and fabric exports account for over 23 per cent of India’s total textile and apparel exports.