The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) has welcomed the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, 2020 as positive and growth oriented for the apparel industry. Rakesh Biyani, President of the association says the most important step in this Budget for the textile industry was the removal of the anti-dumping duty on PTA, which was a long standing demand of the textile manufacturing value chain. This will potentially open up the MMF value chain, and give a fillip to the entire MMF industry and enhance its global competitiveness.
According to Biyani several other measures could also benefit the textile industry such as the technical textile mission, a review of the Rules of Origin especially in our FTAs, a review of cheap imports of goods being made by our MSME Sector, refund of all the taxes and levies for exports, and the targeting of making every district an export hub. The proposed financing of invoices of the MSME sector could again be a huge benefit to the Industry, which is largely comprised of the MSME units.