Apparel exporters expect higher market share in UAE

“Export of knitwear from Tiruppur to UAE is around ₹3,500 crore and will double in the next five years”

“Export of knitwear from Tiruppur to UAE is around ₹3,500 crore and will double in the next five years”


The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will help garment exporters in India to increase their market share in the UAE, according to the exporters.

Raja M. Shanmugham, chairman of the Tiruppur Exporters Association, said in a press release that the UAE was a crucial market for exporters. India’s total knitwear export to UAE in 2020-21 was ₹6,756 crore. In the first nine months of the current financial year, knitwear exports reached ₹5,280 crore. Exports of knitwear from Tiruppur to UAE was around ₹3,500 crore and it will double in the next five years. “We hope CEPA with the UAE will help restore exports and benefit Tiruppur’s export units,” Mr Shanmugham said.

Chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council, Narendra Goenka, said in a press statement that India supplies $1,515 million worth of garments to the UAE annually, compared to total imports of $3,517 million. . The trade pact would result in a 5% drop in import duties for Indian ready-to-wear (RMG) garments. This would strengthen the dominant position of Indian clothing in the UAE.

“Tracing the export chain, we see that our apparel exports to the UAE also meet the apparel needs of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and the United Kingdom. The Emirates United Arab Emirates is a large retail market with players across the value chain, including major Western fashion chains, wholesale buyers from North Africa and the Middle East,” Mr. Goenka said. .

In the knitwear segment, there would be an increase in exports of T-shirts, shirts, baby clothes, pants and briefs. In the woven segment, women’s dresses, tracksuits, baby clothes, pants, shorts, shawls, scarves and veils would gain the most benefit.

“Not all of the products that are in high import demand in the UAE are India’s main export strengths. The major factors that would determine the extent of CEPA benefits are the import demand for specific RMG products in the UAE, the production strength/export capacity of Indian companies in these products, and the acceptance of Indian products in the UAE. “, did he declare.

Michael O. Stutler