New Delhi: After the decline of the last four-month, Apparel Exports have again turned positive. RMG exports for the month of November 2022 has shown a positive growth of 11.7% compared to November 2021, accordingly the converted value is tuned to USD 1198.0 million against USD 1072.9 of November 2021. Similarly cumulative RMG exports for the period Apr-Nov, 2022-23 is USD 10359.4 million, showing a growth of 7.2% over 2021-22.
Speaking on this positive turnaround, Mr. Naren Goenka, Chairman AEPC said, “RMG exports from India have been witnessing a rough patch in past few months since most of the traditional markets of Indian RMG including UK, EU and the USA have been witnessing recession and global headwinds, leading to shrinking demand in these countries om one hand and buyers asking for 15% discount on the other. In addition, inflation and rising raw material and freight cost aggravated by the Russia- Ukraine war further adding to the burden. However, after a few months of slip, RMG exports have again turned positive signaling the resilience of the industry to adjust to the prevailing challenges.”
Further Chairman AEPC informed, “The total set target of apparel exports for 2022-23 is US$ 17.6 billion against which we have been able to achieve more than US$ 10 billion during April – November 2022. In spite of all the constraints, we shall achieve the level of exports of last year and may exceed this year as well.”
Chairman AEPC stressed, this growth story needs to be continued in light of the government efforts to expedite FTAs in these markets and ensure all tariff lines of RMG sector are covered, which will enable a duty reduction of existing 9.6% in EU & UK and approx 17% in Canada acting as a strong breather to enhance our price competitiveness in these markets.
Towards further boosting RMG exports, Chairman AEPC, Mr Goenka have briefed the government about the RMG exports scenario and issues the industry is currently facing. The major issues submitted by AEPC are: Early announcement of the PLI – 2.0 Scheme, including 10 high potential MMF garment products and cotton apparel products under the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) and reducing the value addition criteria, Extension of ATUFS, RoSCTL disbursements through bank transfer, Relaxations to apparel exporters under various provisions of FTP allowing Special Advance Authorization for exports of Apparels under Self-Declaration basis, One Time relaxation on account of bankruptcy / insolvency / discounting / cancellation of export orders, Raw material security, RoSCTL benefits for Apparel exports against Indian Rupees, Enhance the ambit of Interest Equalization scheme, Request for extension of GST exemption on International Outbound Freight, etc.