As coronavirus spreads, textile and garment exports may decline by 40%

Buyers and major retail shops importing home textiles from India have put development of any further business on hold.
India's export of textile and garments are likely to decline by 40 per cent in coming months due to halt in shipment to coronavirus (Covid -19) countries.

The Covid-19 virus is spreading rapidly not only in China but also in other parts of the world including India. While the government in collaboration with corporate has taken remedial steps to contain the spread of the virus across the country, its impact on the economic activity including the export and import business is bound to happen.  

"As per the current estimates, India's textile exports will decline by over 40 per cent in the coming months, if the situation does not improve," said K V Srinivasan, Chairman, Texprocil.

Srinivasan urged the government to extend urgent policy interventions/support in order to provide fiscal relief and ensure credit flow with extension of the Remission of State and Central Taxes and Levies (ROSCTL) scheme to cotton yarn and fabrics so that India’s competitiveness is enhanced at a time of the falling markets. Also, there is a need to extend interest subvention of 3 per cent beyond March 31, 2020, and also cover cotton yarn within that to ease the financial burden, etc.

The spread of Covid-19, especially in the United States, leading markets of Europe like Spain, Portugal, Italy and even the United Kingdom has led to cancellation/deferment of orders on a very large scale. Buyers and major retail shops importing home textiles from India have put development of any further business on hold.

The exports of cotton yarns and fabrics have virtually come to a standstill.  

T Rajkumar, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) pointed out that the demand for textile products and also domestic sales have come down to a grinding halt due to the panic situation created by the outbreak of Covid-19. He also pleaded an urgent need for a relief package to mitigate the crisis.

Besides affecting order flows, this could potentially result in renegotiation of realisations as well as an elongated receivables cycle for the exporters.


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