As per Confederation of Indian Textile Industries, the Indian apparel sector is poised for a turnaround with exports estimated to grow 7 per cent in the current financial year. Data by the DGCI&S reveals exports increased 11 per cent in July 2018 to Rs 19,636 crore over the same month last year.
The Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S) under the commerce ministry is responsible for collection, compilation and dissemination of the country’s trade statistics and commercial information. The overall growth in exports during Apr-July 2018 has been 3 per cent vis-a-vis same period last year. Further, production in the man-made fibre segment, which is expected to be the growth driver of the industry in the coming years, has also increased.
However, CITI reports suggests, import growth in the sector have come down significantly. While import of T&C (Textiles and Clothing) rose from $1.78 billion in April-June 2017 to $1.87 billion in the same period this year, an increase of 5 per cent, it is significantly lower than the growth of 16 per cent last year. The measures taken by the government to increase the import duty on various textile and apparel items will help in further reducing the imports in coming months. As per RBI Financial Stability Report-June 2018, the stressed advance ratio of textile sub-sector has also improved from 23.7 per cent in September 2017 to 22.3 per cent in March 2018, indicating signs of recovery.