PTEA lists down budget demands

Asks for transparent, effective refund regime and zero rating for sector.


Imran Rana May 07, 2015
The whole textile export chain should be zero rated from spinning to finished goods in order to get rid of the financial crunch, PTEA demanded. PHOTO: NNI

FAISALABAD: The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) has urged the government to announce a business-friendly budget besides resolving the energy crisis in the country.

“The government should bring in reforms and give special status to the export-oriented textile industry to boost investment and revive growth,” said PTEA Chairman Sohail Pasha on Thursday.

He said the textile sector is the only hope for the country’s economic revival, but it is plagued with high production costs. “The government should provide a level playing field and we can witness textile exports almost doubling,” he added.

“The budget should facilitate the export-oriented sector.”

Many incentives under the textile package including complete settlement of all outstanding refund claims and rationalisation of the refund regime was announced in the previous budget, but it could not be implemented, he added.

“Around 30% to 40% of the working capital is still stuck.”

The whole textile export chain should be zero rated from spinning to finished goods in order to get rid of the financial crunch, PTEA demanded.

“Sales tax refund should be processed in less time and in a transparent manner to streamline the entire refund verification and sanctioning process,” said Pasha.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2015.

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