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India faces stiff obstacle in exporting apparel to EU

India apparel export could not cope up with the neighboring apparel exporting countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka while exporting apparel fashion products to the European Union due to a duty barrier.

India face apparel duty to EU
Figure: India apparel export to EU could not cope up with the neighboring apparel exporting countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka due to a trade barrier.

Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles highlighted this harsh reality in a written reply to the Lok Sabha recently.

“Apparel exports from competing countries enjoy zero/preferential access to the European Union whereas India faces a duty disadvantage. Besides Bangladesh and Vietnam have a large and productive labor force.”

Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles

“Apparel exports from competing countries enjoy zero/preferential access to the European Union whereas India faces a duty disadvantage. Besides Bangladesh and Vietnam have a large and productive labor force,” Irani said.

Though the textile and apparel exports from India from USD 39.3 billion (around Rs) in 2017-18 to USD 40.4 billion in 2018-19, Irani said.

The port duty into the EU ranges from 10% to 13%, depending on the country.

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