by pieces: exports of clothing by pieces fall in three years; High costs to blame, say exporters | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: The total number of ready-to-wear (RMG) pieces exported from India has registered a decline over the past three years. However, in terms of amount, the total exports of RMG have registered an increase and the exporters say that it is simply due to inflation and the increase in the costs and selling prices of the products.
Apparel exporters say the decline is due to lower demand for garments made in India due to high costs compared to other countries. They said the government should take note of this downward trend in exports piecemeal and take corrective action.
Harish Dua, a member of the executive board of the Apparel Exporters Promotion Council who obtained this data from government sources, said: “Information from the Directorate General of Trade Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S) indicates that the total export of piecewise RMG in 2018-19 was 3,88,94,96,000, which fell to 371,68,62,000 in 2019-20. In 2020-2021, the quantity dropped further to 315,36,53,000. Thus, it is evident that over the past three years, the total number of RMGs exported from India has dropped drastically, despite quantity figures showing positive growth. Ludhiana’s garment and textile industry accounts for about 50% of the total export quantity.
Dua added, “These statistics are worrying as they clearly show that the demand for RMGs made in India is decreasing only due to our rising costs and the selling price of the garment is higher than in other countries. The government should take steps to ensure that RMG’s exports increase on the ground and it should announce subsidy and incentive programs, so that we can reduce our production costs and offer our products at competitive prices.
Dinesh Kalra, President of Ludhiana Business Forums, said: “Garment exporters need a lot of help from the Center because countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam, which a decade ago were hardly a competition for us, knocked us out of our position and took us over. This was only made possible by the price advantage they have over us as they have the support of their governments. We urge the Center to help apparel exporters facing stiff competition. »

Michael O. Stutler