NAEC urges govt to remove duty on cotton & control rising RM prices

NAEC urges govt to remove duty on cotton & control rising RM prices

The Noida Apparel Export Cluster (NAEC) has sought immediate intervention of the government in containing high cost of cotton yarn and fabrics, saying rising prices are impacting exporters.

New Delhi

The Noida Apparel Export Cluster (NAEC) has sought immediate intervention of the government in containing high cost of cotton yarn and fabrics, saying rising prices are impacting exporters.

NAEC President Lalit Thukral suggested control in cotton exports, removal of 10 per cent cotton import duty, and development of a mechanism to regulate the prices of cotton and other raw materials to support the sector.

He said that, the Apparel industry is facing a severe problem of high cost of cotton yarn and fabrics. During the last couple of months the cotton prices have been hiked up to 80 per cent. The prices of the cotton per candy of 335 kg went to Rs 74,000 from Rs 37,000. In apparel making, 75 per cent of raw material used is cotton.

He added that the unexpected steep price rise of the cotton posed a great challenge to the apparel manufacturers and exporters as it is hurting the production cost, which has been increased many folds.

Thukral said, adding the major reason for this situation is unchecked export of cotton to competing countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

MSME apparel production units are facing the high price rise issue along with capital and liquidity crunch.

He added that the prices of the fabrics have been increased to Rs 40-50. Bangladesh, Vietnam Thailand and other countries are manufacturing apparels with low production cost because of cotton imported from India and posing strong competition to India in the global market.

Source: Business Standard

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