Exporters of readymade clothes and apparels have sought the federal government’s help in rushing up the clearance of import consignments from China, together with inputs for the sector.

The “undue delay” is impacting their operations and would possibly outcome in additional monetary losses for producers already grappling with the Covid-19 disaster, they mentioned.

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Chairman A Sakthivel, in a letter to the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), mentioned, the Customs authorities at a number of ports are endeavor 100 per cent examination of products originating from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This has created undue delay in clearance of imported shipments of inputs that are meant for manufacturing clothes for exports.

The delay is affecting manufacturing facility operations as inputs are being held up at varied ports and exporters worry that they may fail to satisfy the supply schedule, the letter addressed to CBIC Chairman Ajit Kumar identified.

Earlier, exporters’ physique FIEO had expressed apprehensions that China might take retaliatory motion and maintain up Indian items at Chinese and Hong Kong ports. There has been no formal communication from the federal government clarifying the state of affairs.

“When business was gearing up to get back to normal after the relaxation of lockdown in India and other foreign countries, the recent delay in clearing the import consignments from China was adding to the crisis,” AEPC mentioned.

Exports of apparels from India declined 91 per cent and 66 per cent in April and May respectively.

“Special priority should be given to manufacturer exporters who are dependent on these imports to service their export orders,” Sakthivel added.

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