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TEA seeks FTAs with EU, US to counter Chinese threat in export

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Tirupur Exporters' Association (TEA) today stressed the need to enter into Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with European Union, USA, the UK and Russia, to face the Chinese threat in export markets.

In a memorandum submitted to minister, in New Delhi, the association said though garment exports from had been declining in a gradual manner since 2013, Chinese were 'silently' entering countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and of late Myanmar, by setting up manufacturing bases.

China, by using advantages available to these countries with predominant EU and US markets, increased export and circumvented Indian industry's growth prospects in the global market, which was a real threat to the industry here, TEA said.

"To face the onslaught of the Chinese, it was important for to enter into with EU, US, the UK and Russia, Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with and Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with and other promising countries," he said.

On the Tirupur cluster, Shanmugham said TEA had set a target for knitwear business, including exports and domestic, to touch Rs one lakh crore by 2020.

The target was fixed by none other than Narendra Modi, which also subscribed to the minister's (Smriti Irani) vision of doubling the textile industry turnover, he added.

In the last financial year 2017-18, Tirupur knitwear business reached Rs 42,000 crore, of which the contribution of exports and domestic business were Rs 24,000 crore and Rs 18,000 crore respectively, Shanmugham said.

Exports had declined from Rs 26,000 crore to Rs 24,000 crore, about 7.7 per cent, he said.

This was because of unforeseen situations faced by industry, the TEA said adding the bottomline was hit further due to implementation of GST and reduction of duty drawback by 5 per cent and ROSL by two per cent.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 20:45 IST