Cotton textile industries want zero duty imports

Cotton textile industries want zero duty imports

In the wake of surging prices, industry players have demanded that import duty on cotton be either abolished or else, the government must at least permit duty-free imports of up to 40 lakh bales.

Ahmedabad

In the wake of surging prices, industry players have demanded that import duty on cotton be either abolished or else, the government must at least permit duty-free imports of up to 40 lakh bales.

The predominantly cotton-based textile industry is facing a long-drawn recession as the cotton price has skyrocketed 102% from Rs 44,500/ per candy in February 2021 to Rs 90,000 per candy now.

The steep increase in cotton price and its impact on the prices of yarns and fabrics is severely impacting the potential growth of the cotton textile value chain, according to the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI).

According to CITI, it is feared that the industry might face a cotton shortage from August to October resulting in industrial unrest. Though the cotton prices occasionally move in tandem with international prices, quality cotton is not sold and mills started facing shortages. Therefore, the industry has been demanding to withdraw the 11% import duty to have a level playing field, sustain the export performance and compete with the cheaper imports from countries like Bangladesh.

Source: The Times Of India

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