Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 26: Upendra Prasad Singh, Textile Secretary, stated that the government is looking at value-added exports like fabrics, made-ups & home textiles as exports of raw materials may not rise further due to increasing local demand.
Upndra Prasad Singh, Union Textile Secretary and RoopRashi, Textile Commissioner, felicitated the winners of TEXPROCIL EXPORT AWARDS 2020 – 2021 at Hotel President, Mumbai on 23rd Agust 2020. The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) distributed 61 awards to 45 companies in 33 categories. Manoj Kumar Patodia, Chairman – TEXPROCIL, stated that textile and apparel exports achieved their highest ever level in the year 2021 – 2022 with an export turnover of USD 44.4 Billion, growing by 40% over the previous year.
During the same period, the export of cotton textiles (including raw cotton) grew by 54%, reaching a level of USD 16.42 Billion. In the next 5 to 7 years, the Indian textile industry could expand in size to USD 250 Billion and achieve exports of USD 100 Billion.
He further added that as far as FTAs are concerned, the industry is already focusing on taking maximum benefits from present FTAs concluded with UAE and Australia, which provides zero-duty access to Indian products in these markets.
The conclusion of FTAs with Canada, EU, UK, Israel, and GCC countries will give a further impetus and boost trade. The Govt has worked out a Rupee Trade mechanism that will help Indian suppliers in exporting textile products to countries like Russia, Sri Lanka and Iran, he said.
Patodia also highlighted the tie-up between Texprocil and Control Union for traceability as it has gained significant traction in recent times. It will help companies across the value chain to subscribe to the General Certificate of Conformity program and ensure complete traceability from the finished good to the fibre stage.
The Chairman highlighted issues that, if resolved, could help India attain higher exports.
Some of these issues were the import duty on cotton and the prices of Indian cotton, which he felt needed to be regulated as they were higher than international
prices. ShriPatodia also spoke about the need to increase the RoDTEP rates in Knitted Fabrics and items under HS 9404, which were, by definition, home textiles but were given lower rates than home textile items.
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