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BGMEA demands easy import rules to import raw material

Aug 18, 2021
BGMEA demands easy import rules to import raw material

The garment makers in Bangladesh have requested the government to ease down the conditions for the import of cotton, yarn, and other fabrics as Bangladesh has started to receive orders from international retailers and brands.

According to Faruque Hassan, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the country is receiving a lot of work orders from international brands so the need for ready raw materials like yarn, cotton, and fabrics has increased. He also mentioned that the quantity of work orders is so high that the local raw materials suppliers are facing issues to ensure timely supply of goods.  This situation made him send a huge letter to Tipu Munshi, the Minister of Commerce. In the letter, he has demanded the government to ease down the rules on the import of yarn from India. He also asked the government should allow the import of fabrics, yarn, and cotton through other land ports, mainly Bhomra and Sonamasjid.

According to Mohammad Ali Khokon, President, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, the import of yarn is not possible without a bond. He also said that if all ports are opened up, the local industry will face challenges and the government will also lose a lot of revenue. He added that the import of yarn without bond is a very dangerous situation for the local industry but the garment manufacturers are demanding that.

Source – The Daily Star

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