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AEPC urges PM for lockdown exemption on textile units

May 31, 2021
AEPC urges PM for lockdown exemption on textile units

India

Apparel exporters body Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare apparel exports as essential services and exempt the exporting units from Covid-induced lockdowns. The main reason is the perishable nature of apparels.

A Sakthivel, Chairman, APEC, wrote to PM Modi, saying that most of the apparel exports are seasonal and related to fashion, so their salvage value becomes zero if the production and shipment are delayed.

He also said that if the apparel exporters lose customers lose customers now, they will never be able to acquire them in future and failure to execute orders would result in long-term loss for buyers.

According to A Sakthivel, Indian apparel exporters have started getting orders from the US and Europe, but with imposition of lockdown restrictions, they may risk losing the orders to competitors like Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Pakistan as they are desperate to acquire orders from these regions.

AEPC also stated that, recently the exporting units had recovered after being badly hit in the first wave with bankruptcies and lack of labour due to their migration to native places.

Source: Financial Express

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