Garment exports start to maneuver northwards

Vijay C Roy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18

After witnessing a pointy decline in April, readymade garment exports have began selecting up. Though statistics are but to match earlier yr’s ranges, the exporters have heaved a sigh of aid, particularly in Ludhiana, which contributes 15-20% to the nation’s exports.

In April, clothes price Rs 962.92 crore had been exported as in comparison with Rs 9,786.03 crore in April final yr. As industrial exercise gathered steam, the exports rose to Rs 3,908.80 crore in May, Rs 6,083.70 crore in June and Rs 7,973.06 crore in July.

The nation has been witnessing a fall in exports since January however usually it’s lower than 5% on a month-on-month (MoM) foundation. However, it has taken the worst-ever hit amid the coronavirus pandemic and declined by 30% (in rupee phrases) in March. In the present fiscal, April noticed the most important decline of 90%, adopted by May (63%), June (29%) and July (15%).

Exporters stated it will be troublesome to register a constructive progress this yr as shipments within the first 4 months of the present fiscal have already declined by 51% as in comparison with the corresponding interval final yr.

Besides decline in exports and dealing capital crunch, labour scarcity is haunting the trade and the exporters are unable to execute the orders in a time-bound method.

“We are facing an acute labour shortage, especially tailors on which the industry is heavily dependent on migrant labourers,” stated Harush Dua, managing director of Ludhiana-based KG Exports. 

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