Boosting exports: Textile association demands duty free access to West

Published: May 27, 2012
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Market access crucial for survival of textile industry: PTEA Chairman.. PHOTO: AFP

Market access crucial for survival of textile industry: PTEA Chairman.. PHOTO: AFP

FAISALABAD: 

Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) released a statement on Saturday that greater duty free access to Pakistani exports to the US and European markets is imperative to cope with the current economic recession and the government of Pakistan should take immediate administrative and diplomatic initiatives to achieve this objective.”

Talking to the media, PTEA Chairman Rana Arif Tauseef said that exporters are facing difficulties in getting international orders due to energy shortages and a reduction in demand. Between July 2011 and April 2012, textile exports fell 9.6% compared to a year ago, according to official statistics.

He emphasised that it was vital for the survival of the textile industry to obtain duty free market access to the US and the European federation. Being on America’s front-line in the war on terror, duty free market access was given to Pakistani textiles for three years and during that period export volumes boomed.

“Pakistan is passing through critical economic conditions, which is further giving rise to industrial uncertainty, poverty and frustration. As a consequence of energy crisis, the textile production capacity of various sub-sectors has shrunk by 50%.”

“Load-shedding is causing significant production losses and adversely affecting the capability of the industry. In Punjab, energy supply disruption was resulting in an estimated loss of Rs1 billion per day, he said. The cost of production has also risen due to constant inflation in electricity and gas tariff. Such levies have decreased competitiveness of textile industry internationally”, he added. “In the larger interest of the economy and exports, the government should speed up its efforts to get duty free access to European Union and the US,” he stated.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2012.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 27, 2012 - 3:40AM

    Textile association is not reading news these days it seems. The west has used all its carrots and has now started moving towards the stick with regards to Pakistan’s lack of support in the GWOT. Rewarding Pakistan with duty free access to their largest area of export is farthest from anyone’s mind in the Western capitals.

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  • Char Latan
    May 27, 2012 - 5:35AM

    Even the businessmen have become beggars.

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  • Knotty
    May 27, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Europe is suffereing… we should look towards Far Eastern and South American countries.
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    Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia are the futures. And there is enogh rich people in those countries to buy these products.
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  • John B
    May 27, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Trade is a privilege of reciprocating partners. Tariff on NATO supplies but duty free export to these countries- pick one that is good for Pakistan.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 27, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @Knotty: “Europe is suffereing… we should look towards Far Eastern and South American countries.
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    Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia are the futures. And there is enogh rich people in those countries to buy these products.”

    A smal geography lesson:
    1. Mexico is in North America NOT SOuth America.
    2. Turkey and Russia are in Europe

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  • Expatriate
    May 28, 2012 - 12:54AM

    There is general conception that these textile barons every now and then put pressure on govt to yield to their unending demands but pay no income tax.Current demand of duty free access to EC and USA is at least a decade old.With the present situation in mind it is worth considering diversification and value addition.

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