Govt announces new duty drawback rates on garment exports, MSMEs demand rollback

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 26-09-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI:  The Government announced new drawback rates to be implemented in October, with the new low rate of 2 per cent is not likely to be in the best interest of the textile industry, particularly the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) involved in garment exports, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) said.

Ashok G. Rajani, Chairman of AEPC in a statement said that the industry was expecting a continuation of the old rate.

Rajani said that the larger production cycle is under various pressures due to the GST, the industry needs to take in orders for next season, but with such rates it seems impossible to do business. Instead, there must be a continuation of the old duty drawback rate, at least till the month of March 2018, so that the sector could have stability before it prepares to go for the lower rate.

The Council informed that the Government has all of a sudden reduced the 7.7 per cent drawback rate to 2 per cent. Citing the scenario further, AEPC lamented that post implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country; the export of textile has already registered a slow trend.

The rupee overvaluation is another factor, which has been haunting the export business and above all this; a new low duty drawback rate means disaster for the several MSME units in the apparel exports, AEPC added.