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Apparel industry should aim $60 bn exports in 3 yrs

Date 12-December-2013
Subject Apparel industry should aim $60 bn exports in 3 yrs

New Delhi: The apparel industry should aim at exports of USD 60 billion in the next three years as there are visible signs of revival in key markets of the US and Europe, Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao said.

"Signs of revival are visible in the US and EU. Let’s keep a high target in the next year. The industry shall try to reach USD 60 billion in the next three years," he said while speaking at the Apparel Export Promotion Council's annual export award function in Gurgaon near here.

The European Union (EU) and the US are the biggest markets for Indian textiles sector.

During April-October, 2013, apparel exports grew by 15.5 percent to USD 8.2 billion. Exports are expected to touch USD 17 billion during the fiscal. The Minister also said that there is a need explore non-traditional markets like Israel, Russia, Brazil and Japan. The new markets should be perceived as a new growth opportunity.

Besides, AEPC Chairman A Sakthivel raised the request of apparel exporters for 5 percent Duty Credit Scrip for import of those fabrics which are not widely available in India, a measure likely to boost exports from the country.

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