MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
I am pleased to inform you that the Council’s Annual Export Award Function held on 20th March, 2022 in Surat to felicitate member-exporters, for outstanding export performances during the year 2019-20 & 2020-21 was a great success. We at SRTEPC once again congratulate all the award winners and hope they will continue excelling in their work to boost our exports in the future. My best wishes to those who missed the awards this year and look forward to having them as winners next year. Friends, we need to increase our efforts to boost up our exports in the current challenging pandemic situation, specifically in textiles, considering that our objective as an industry is to reach US$ 8bn set by the Hon’ble Minister Of Commerce & Industry, Textiles, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution for 2022-23.
The Export Award Function coincided with the Mega Event, Source India 2022 which is the signature Event of SRTEPC. Over 70 international buyers from 25 countries and around 50 Indian companies exhibited their latest range of textile products. I am thankful to all the Buyers for having visited India and interacted with our Indian Exhibitors to conclude successful one-to-one business deals on-the spot.
Let me take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Smt. Darshana Vikram , Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Textiles and Railways for her gracious presence and encouraging words which inspired us all and I wholeheartedly thank her for accepting our invitation to be the Chief Guest and present the awards despite her busy schedule and also for inaugurating the Source India 2022. We are indeed grateful to the Hon'ble Union Minister for her support and assistance towards the interests of the MMF textile industry. I am grateful to all the Past Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and members of the Committee of Administration of the Council and other dignitaries for being present during the Function.
On the occasion of the Export Award Function, the Council had the privilege of conferring the Life Time Achievement Awards to Shri Sanjeev Saran and Shri Dilip Gaur. Their contribution to the MMF textile industry is commendable and hope to continue receiving their unstinted support and guidance to all the future endeavours of the Council. I take this opportunity to thank Reliance Industries Ltd., SAAM Textiles Pvt. Ltd., Sutlej Textiles & Industries Ltd., Exports Pvt. Ltd., Home Fabrics Pvt. Ltd., Deven Textile Industries Pvt. Ltd., Daman Ltd., Amber Exports (India), Atlas Exports (India), Rughani Brothers and Rachna Art Prints Pvt.Ltd. for supporting the Award Function. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all, especially members of the Committee of Administration, Government Officials, Representatives of the various organizations and other attendees for their gracious presence which made the Export Award Function so special to all of us. I am thankful to the SRTEPC Team and the Officials for putting up these 2 Mega Programmes in such a short time of 2 months.
I wish to inform that a meeting held with the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, discuss the export targets for the current financial year 2022-23 was fruitful. The Export Target given for the MMF textiles segment for 2022-23 is US$ 6592 million and SRTEPC is confident to achieve this target and some of the challenges faced by the exporters of MMF were put forward to the Minister by SRTEPC. The meeting was attended by our SRTEPC former Chairmen and Officials
I would like to mention that SRTEPC Delegation led by its Executive Director, SRTEPC Officials, Past Chairman of PLEXCONCIL and representatives of IFIBCA met Smt. Darshana Vikram , Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Textiles and Railways and discussed issues on FIBC, Technical Textiles, PLI, etc. The Minister patiently heard the members and assured them that she will do her best to resolve any issues in the matter.
Friends, the validity of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-2020 along with the Hand Book of Procedures (HBP) has been further extended 30th Sept, 2022 by the DGFT. Even, extension is granted for IGST and Compensation Cess exemption under Advance Authorization, EPCG and EOUs up to 30th June, 2022. Also, relaxations have been provided by the DGFT in compliance requirement related to EPCG Scheme in Chapter 5 of HBP 2015-20.
Friends, you may be aware that as global trade flourish, so do Trade disputes arise. Off late, we had received a Trade Complaint from our member about the overdue payment from his Buyer. The matter was taken up with the EOI and with its intervention and support, our member received part payments and is sure that the remaining payment too will be received. Yet in another case, the Council had received a Grievance from a buyer against one of our members. The matter was taken up with the member and the Buyer sent an apology letter for making wrong claims and even mutually agreed to settle the issue. I deeply appreciate every member of the Council’s team for showing relentless effort for taking up Trade Complaints rigorously for early settlement.
The Council has been receiving communications from some of our members informing about a Consultative Notice issued to them in continuation to JNCH’s Public Notice No. 20/2022 dated 25th March, 2022 on Non/Part Realisation of Export proceeds for Drawback during the period from 1st April, 2014 to 31st March, 2018.The Council is coordinating with the concerned exporters and seeking information from them based on the Customs query. Replies received from members shall be taken up with the concerned Customs appropriately and I humbly request our Members to send the inputs to the Council as per their appeal, to enable your cases to be resolved quickly.
DHIRAJ RAICHAND SHAH
I am happy to inform you that we are at last able to organise after 2 years the Export Award Function which was delayed due to severe impact of covid pandemic and applicable restrictions from the Government.
I am glad to inform that this year “Export Award Function” is coinciding with the “Source India 2022” which is the signature Event of SRTEPC. This is the first of its kind in the country. “Source India” is the leading international event in the country in Manmade textiles sector organized by SRTEPC annually. This time we are inviting over 75 international buyers from 30 countries and over 50 Indian companies are exhibiting latest range of textile products. I hope that this flagship event will also help us in meeting the export targets set by the Government for the financial year 2022-23.
I am also delighted to inform the exporting community that the exports have been growing significantly after the normalisation of the pandemic situation. Ministry had set an export target of US$6139 million of which as per the January data we have already achieved around 95% and I am confident that with all of your support and dedication we will be surpassing the export target by around US$200 million.
I may also mention that the participation in the 18th Istanbul Yarn Fair in Turkey has been fruitful as there were around 6000 footfalls of quality buyers during the 3 days event and most of our companies who participated in the event received good enquiries and some of them could even book on-the-spot orders.
Friends, the long-awaited decision on the extension of Interest Equalisation Scheme (IES) for Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit (Scheme) has finally been announced by the Govt. of India. SRTEPC thanks the Govt., various Ministries and RBI for enabling to extend the IES till 31st March, 2024. The extension takes effect from 1st October, 2021. However, the rates under IES stands revised to 3% for MSME manufacturers exporters exporting under any HS tariff items and 2% for Manufacturer as well as Merchant exporters exporting under 410 HS lines. RBI has excluded 6 Tariff lines pertaining to Telecom Sector.
I am grateful to the DGFT for always providing handholding support to the Members of Trade. DGFT has further extended the period for submitting applications for Scrip based FTP schemes. Now, the last date for submission of online applications under MEIS & 2% additional ad hoc incentive has been extended till 30th April, 2022 and for & RoSL till 15th March, 2022. In this regard, members are urged to kindly avail the benefit by doing the needful at the earliest since applications after the last date will become time barred. I also appreciate the prompt efforts undertaken by the Officials of O/o Addl. DGFT (Mumbai) in resolving the long pending issues of members with regard to surrendering of the New IEC based on PAN Number.
Members have also started receiving their long pending IGST refunds and Drawback claims from JNCH Customs. I extend my gratitude to JNCH Officials for resolving the issues faced by our members.
I earnestly once again request you to renew your membership for the year 2021-22 by March end so that you will continue to receive Council’s services without any disruption of your membership with the Council.
DHIRAJ RAICHAND SHAH
I am glad to inform that after almost 2 years of covid-pandemic crisis that paralyzed almost all manufacturing sectors, the global trade has been steadily improving in view of encouraging buildup in consumer confidence with increasing vaccination drives worldwide. Gradually the industry has been towards normalcy and there has been turnaround in manufacturing as well as in exports. Our exports are growing at double digit rates and global trade has already been surpassed the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. In case of MMF and MMF blended textiles also we are witnessing encouraging growth trends within India and globally.
I would like to mention that exports of Indian Manmade Fibre (MMF) textiles for the period of April-September 2021-22 were US$ 3311.25 million vs US$ 1795.56 million in the corresponding period of the previous year, showing an encouraging growth of 84.41%. The Top Ten markets for Indian MMF blended textiles during April-September 2021-2022 were USA, Turkey, UAE, Brazil, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany and Belgium.
I am happy to inform that SRTEPC organized participation of 15 Indian companies in INTEX SOUTH ASIA in Sri Lanka on digital platform from 15 to 19 November, 2021. There were about 105 Exhibitors and 1200 buyers of textiles registered on the platform from different countries and regions. Intex South Asia has been successfully showcasing manufacturers and suppliers of fibers, yarns, apparel and denim fabrics, clothing accessories and allied services to discerning buyers in South Asia and other international economies. It fulfills the growing demand for innovative, trendy fabrics & accessories for South Asia - one of the biggest apparel manufacturing regions in the world. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Chief Guest – Shri Upendra Prasad Singh, Secretary Textiles of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India for inaugurating the Event along with Chairman & Chief Executive, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Vice Chairman & CEO, Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh and FICCI President. I wish to extend special thanks to the Team of Organizers of Intex South Asia.
It’s a great pleasure to state that SRTEPC has also organised participation of 19 member companies in virtual Buyer-Seller Meet in Brazil being held during November 23 & 24, 2021.
As you are aware, Council is also organizing participation of member companies in Heimtextil, Frankfurt, Germany, Intermoda, Mexico & Colombiatex, Medellin during January 2022 in which most of the arrangements have been made. Council will also participate in Istanbul Yarn Fair, Turkey, during February 2022 and I urge the member companies to take advantage of these Events that is happening physically after 2 years.
Friends, as you may be aware that the last date for submitting applications under MEIS, ROSCTL, ROSL and 2% additional ad hoc incentive has been notified to be 31.12.2021. Therefore, no further applications would be allowed to be submitted and they would become time-barred after the last date i.e. 31.12.2021 including late cut provisions for submitting claims at a later date. I thank the DGFT for their kind support extended to the Trade and Industry in this regard and also urge all members to avail this opportunity at the earliest.
I thank the Government and Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (Dept. of Chemicals and Petrochemicals) and Textiles for granting an extension of six months for implementation of BIS Standards w.e.f. from 8th October, 2021 (date of the Official Gazette Order). In this regard, you are requested to fasten the process and comply within the prescribed time frame.
Further, relaxations have been provided in timelines for submitting UID application under ATUFS due to lockdown in COVID-19 pandemic (second wave). I extend my gratitude to the Ministry of Textile and O/o Textile Commissioner and also, request the concerned members to ensure that their bank forwards the application to iTUFS portal by 20th January, 2022 since condoning delay for submission/ forward UID application will not be allowed in future by the O/o Textile Commissioner.
The Ministry of Finance has announced the revised GST rates on textile products and job work w.e.f. 1st January, 2022. Although this revision may help to rectify the existing Inverted Duty Structure in the entire MMF Textile value chain, if our members have any issues, they are requested to write to us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
I appreciate the prompt support extended by JNCH officials in resolving the long pending issues of some of our members related to Drawback claims and GST/ IGST refunds.
May I request all Members to renew your Membership with the Council, if not done so, in order to avoid cancellation of your RCMC, thus enabling us to provide you with continued and better services.
DHIRAJ RAICHAND SHAH
I am glad to inform you that SRTEPC delegation comprising of Shri Bhadresh Dodhia, Vice-Chairman, Shri S. Balaraju, Executive Director and I called on Commerce Secretary Shri B.V.R Subrahmanyam on 12th October, 2021 at the Ministry office in New Delhi. We apprised the Commerce Secretary of the latest export scenario and informed that by September around 50% of export target fixed for the MMF textiles exports have been achieved. I also assured the Secretary that since in the two quarters towards the end of the year exports are much higher than the earlier quarters, the Council is confident of surpassing the export target. We discussed various issues like increasing the rates of RoDTEP for the entire MMF textiles value chain, extension of Interest Equalisation Fund Scheme till the new Foreign Trade Policy is announced, etc.
We also met the Textiles Secretary, Shri Upendra Prasad Singh on 12th October and discussed about the PLI, RoDTEP, New alternative scheme for ATUFS and other issues faced by MMF textile industry. We also placed before the Secretary some of the challenges being faced by the MMF textiles sector which are hampering the exports of MMF textiles and urged Secretary Textiles to take action for promotion of MMF textile exports.
I am glad to inform that the Council successfully organized participation of 13 member exporters in the Alltex Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, held from October 6-9, 2021. It may be noted that this is the first physical Exhibition held since the pandemic year and some of the participating companies have been successful in negotiating business orders with the buyers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shri Ambarish Vemuri, SS(Pol) &HOC, Embassy of India in Kyiv, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India for their support in helping us organize the participation of our member-exporters.
I may inform that despite various constraints in global trade, structural and fiscal issues in the domestic sector due to the pandemic, exports of Indian MMF textiles are growing in double digit level. As per the latest data, exports were around US$3000 million during April-September 2021 which is around 49% of the export target of US$6139 million given to us. Exports are generally more for the last quarter of the year. We are optimistic that the global scenario will further improve in view of aggressive drive taken by countries over the world and our exports will reach to new heights and we will exceed the export target.
The numerous requests made by the Council for the extension of Export Obligation Period of Advance and EPCG Authorisations have finally been granted by the DGFT on 23rd September, 2021. DGFT has provided an additional option to exporters to avail extension in export obligation period till December 31 this year in case of specified advance authorisations and also authorisations under the Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme without any composition fees. This benefit is, however, subjected to a 5% additional export obligation on balance exports to be fulfilled. I am really grateful to the DGFT in this regard.
As announced in the Union Budget 2021-22, the Government has approved the setting up of 7 PM MITRA parks on 6th October, 2021. I congratulate the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Hon’ble Textiles & Commerce & Industry Minister for their initiative in setting up PM Mitra Parks. I am sure that this combined network will help in further growth of textile segment in the economy in general.
Friends, we at the Council are well aware of the various issues troubling the exporters owing to pending Drawback claims, IGST refunds from JNCH and a long pending matter of issuance of EPCG Licence from O/o Addl. DGFT (Mumbai) which have been resolved. I appreciate the continuous support extended by JNCH and O/o Addl. DGFT (Mumbai) to resolve issues of our members.
I thank the US Consulate, Mumbai for their excellent support provided to our member for allowing them to visit USA by accepting the National Interest Exception application under Significant Economic Activity Category.
I would like to mention that the existing FTP 2015-20, which was valid up to March 31, 2021 was later extended up to September 30, 2021, due to COVID-19. However, DGFT has now further extended the validity period of the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 along with the HandBook of Procedures till March 31, 2022. The Council requests all our members to kindly take a note of the same. Members are requested to flag their issues to us at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org for representing your concerns to the Govt.
I also request all Members to renew their Membership with the Council to avail all its benefits, if at all it is not renewed.
I would also like to wish all our member-exporters a VERY HAPPY DEEPAWALI AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. I am sure that the Festival of Lights will bring in good times for the export sector in general and the MMF textile industry in particular.
DHIRAJ RAICHAND SHAH
It is pleasure to note that markets have started after a long period of covid pandemic which turmoiled the business community. The prevailing scenario shows some signs of improvement in exports. Exports of Manmade yarn, fabrics and made-ups accounted to US$ 1770.77 million during April – July 2021 witnessing a growth of 126.5% as compared to the same period of the previous year. However, compared to the pre-covid period between April-July 2019, exports witnessed a growth of 13.93% during April – July 2021. According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, export targets for the MMF textiles falling under the purview of SRTEPC is US$ 6.12 billion for 2021-22. During July 2021 as per the latest provisional data released by the DGCI&S, exports of Manmade fibre Textiles has shown growth by 59% as compared to July 2020.
In a maiden initiative, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi interacted with stakeholders of the trade & commerce sector and Heads of Indian Missions abroad through video conference on 6th August 2021. The Hon’ble Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri. Piyush Goyal and Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar were also present during the interaction. Besides the members of the Export Promotion Councils, the virtual meeting was also attended by Secretaries of various departments, state government officials, and Chambers of Commerce. Under the mentorship of Shri Dhiraj Shah, Chairman, SRTEPC participated in the virtual meeting with Hon’ble Prime Minister from two viz., Mumbai and Surat, Gujarat. At the which was at Ambassador hotel, was presided over by Shri Bhadresh , Vice-Chairman at Surat, of SRTEPC was at Le Meridian Hotel and it was presided over by Shri. Dhiraj Shah, Chairman, SRTEPC. While addressing the virtual meeting with the industry stakeholders, heads of Indian Missions and others, the Hon’ble Prime Minister informed that this is the time for Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Along with celebrating the 75th festival of independence, this is an opportunity to build a clear vision and roadmap for future India and Export Ambitions for which all the stakeholders play a major role. The SRTEPC Chairman, Shri. Dhiraj Shah, welcomed the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi on behalf of the manmade textile fraternity and congratulated for the initiative to interact with the textile stake holders including the MMF textile fraternity and he also briefed about the current growth in export scenario compared to pre-covid level.
Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri. Piyush Goyal convened a meeting with EPCs, Commodity Boards and Authorities on 19.8.2021 (Thursday) at Hotel Trident in Mumbai to discuss the measures to enhance and increase the exports. Commerce Secretary, Shri. B.V.R Subrahmanyam, DGFT, Shri. Amit Yadav were also present during the Meeting. Shri. Bhadresh , Vice-Chairman, SRTEPC, Shri. S. , Executive Director and Shri K. Baruah, Joint Director participated in the Meeting. The meeting was held in Hybrid mode wherein President/Chairman/ED/DG of EPCs who were invited to participate in the meeting physically and other EPCs/CBs/Authorities who are based outside Mumbai joined the meeting through Video Conference. Vice-Chairman, Shri. Bhadresh informed the Minister about the current export scenario and prevailing challenges in the MMF textiles segment among other submissions.
SRTEPC felicitated Smt. Darshana V. , Minister of State for Textiles and Railways in her constituency, Surat on her taking over charge of the Ministries. Shri. Dhiraj R. Shah, Chairman, SRTEPC gave stock of the industry and requested the Minister to provide guidance and handholding support to the MMF textiles segment. He also appealed for her support in the growth of Indian MMF textiles segment.
As regards the PLI Scheme, I interacted with Shri. Upendra Prasad Singh, Secretary Textiles during a Virtual Meeting and informed him about the resounding appreciation of the Scheme among the Stakeholders which is really going to boost the production and exports of MMF Garments, MMF Fabrics and Technical Textiles. thanked him for consideration of the fabrics segment in the PLI Scheme. Various submissions of our member-exporters were put forward for consideration. Some leading member-exporters such as Reliance Industries Ltd., Syntex, Century Enka, Prafful Overseas Pvt. Ltd., Welspun Group among others have shown interest in investment under the PLI Scheme. Requested for an appeal for consideration on all the said issues.
The Council organized a Webinar on opportunities in post pandemic Covid - 19 and latest GST issues on 30th July 2021 and deliberated on two currently important topics, viz., Emerging trends and opportunities in MMF textiles post pandemic Covid - 19 and Responding to the Departmental Audits and Notices relating to refund claims viz., DBK, Excise, GST/IGST, Issues arising out of latest decisions & changes etc. The Webinar was quite enlightening for our to understand the latest market scenario and emerging areas of opportunity and as well, clarify their doubts on GST/IGST, refunds, latest notifications, etc.
SRTEPC celebrated India’s Handloom heritage under the guidance of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Shri. Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Darshana . In the 75th year of Independence Day, PMO, Shri. Narendra Modi urged all of us to buy handloom products and grandeur by associating with My Handloom . On the occasion, Shri. Shah the illustrious “Art of Weaving” - a signature of India’s Handloom heritage and saluted the expert hands, intricate designs, astonishing varieties, timeless tradition under the guidance of Modi Ji, Goyal Ji and Madam. Shri. Shah expressed gratitude towards the weavers of India its Celebration Day.
The Council participated in New York City / Apparel Sourcing New York City / Home Textile Sourcing Fair in USA scheduled from 20th to 22nd July 2021 on digital platform successfully, wherein 12 member-companies of the Council participated in the Fair.
Friends, the much-awaited Rates have finally been notified on 17th August 2021 with suitable guidelines. A WTO Compliant Scheme is going to be a long-lasting Scheme, which will come as a huge relief for exporters and remove uncertainty from the minds of the Trade thereby forging new contracts with the foreign buyers. This Scheme would give a boost to Indian exports, making our products more competitive globally. Scheme aims to refund, currently un-refunded duties/ taxes/ levies, at the Central, State & local level, borne on the exported product, including prior stage cumulative indirect taxes on goods & services used in production of the exported product; and such indirect duties/ taxes/ levies in respect of distribution of exported products. The MMF Textile value chain from Chapters 54 – 60 are covered under the while RoSCTL will cover Chapters 61 – 63. In this regard, I express my sincere gratitude to the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Textiles and Finance. I would also like to thank our members for their kind co-operation and support in substantiating the data, as and when required by the Council.
The Council is extremely grateful to the DGFT for further extending the period for IEC till 31st 2021. I once again urge all our members to update their IEC within the prescribed time limit to avoid IEC deactivation.
I would also like to thank the Sahar Air Cargo Complex and JNCH for acting quickly in releasing the pending Duty Drawback claims and IGST refunds of our members. The continuous follow-ups made by our Council’s team in representing unresolved issues with the concerned authority is too appreciated.
The Council continues to draw attention of the government towards the various representations received from our members pointing out the difficulties faced by them on procedural and policy issues. Looking forward to hearing your issues, kindly write to us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you are aware, the Government seeks suggestions on Pre-Budget Proposals from the EPCs/ members of Trade every year for inclusion in the Budget. Likewise, this year the Department of Commerce has sought suggestions/inputs on Pre-Budget Proposals 2022-23. The Council has sent a communication to our members in this regard. Members are requested to please co-operate and send your suggestions/inputs in the required format to the Council at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com & by 31st 2021.
We are pleased to inform you that the Council is organizing its Annual Export Award Function in the last week of September 2021(tentative) to recognize and the outstanding performance of its member exporters for the financial years 2019-2020 & 2020-2021.
The Council is organizing participation of its members in Expo in Kiev, Ukraine from 6 to 9 October 2021 under the MAI Scheme with the support of Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India with a participation of 15 member-companies. I request interested members to send their Application Form to the Council.
I request all Members to renew their Membership with the Council to avail all its benefits, if at all it is not renewed.
DHIRAJ RAICHAND SHAH
Friends, hope you all are safe and doing well!
As due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the exports of textiles has been severely affected and observed a decline in MMF textiles. The estimated exports of Manmade Fibre textiles during April 2020 to March 2021 shows a decline of – 19% as compared to the previous year. There has been fall in exports of all the four segments of MMF textiles, such as fibre -28%, yarn – 15%, fabrics – 18% and made-ups - 23%.
Though the current export scenario is not much encouraging still due to the ongoing second wave of pandemic, it is believed to get normalized in next few months. I would like to convey to our members to not to dishearten themselves due to the current crisis – as textile industry will boom up once it is normalized.
The Council is putting all its efforts to resolve exporters trade related issues with the Ministry. As the exporting community is greatly affected, Commerce Ministry had organized interactive meeting with Shri. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of commerce & Industry through video conference.
Shri Amit Yadav, Director General of Foreign Trade welcomed Shri. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri. Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary and the delegates of all EPCs.
Commerce Secretary in his opening remarks stated that in spite of initial setback, overall export performance during 2020-21 was reasonably well and thereafter, requested all EPCs to raise their views/points in brief. All EPCs including SRTEPC have presented the issues related to their respective sectors. Immediate Past Chairman, Shri. Ronakk Rughani, Executive Director, Shri. S. Balaraju and myself attended the Webinar.
Myself and Shri. Ronakk Rughani, Immediate Past Chairman SRTEPC presented the following points related to exports of MMF Textile during the Meeting and requested to consider the issues favourably:
Double weightage to be given for the smaller exporters while considering merits for status as Star Export Houses.
Extend EPCG Scheme in the new FTP.
Threshold limit of the proposed PLI Scheme be fixed at 20% and include entire MMF textile value chain under the Scheme.
Timely refund the IGST and DBK benefits.
Release the MEIS rewards to the exporters.
Announce the RoDTEP rates and include entire MMF textile value chain under the Scheme.
Extend the Interest Equalisation Scheme till announcement of the new FTP.
Rectify the Inverted Duty Structure existing in the MMF textile Segment.
Bring down the Skyrocketing freight charges.
Resolve undue transit shipment delay.
Conclude the India – EU FTA.
(Also, a separate representation has been put up to MoC&I on these points in detail.)
Considering the high potential for exports of MMFT products to Germany, the Council had a promising Webinar with Consulate General of India Munich, Germany to discuss the possibilities of holding a buyer seller meet between Indian exporters & German buyers. The meeting was attended by the Consul General Mr. Mohit Yadav, Shri. N. Ramakrishnan – Consul (C.I.P) and Ms. Mirella Fuchs (Commercial) from the Consulate General of India and Shri. S. Balaraju, Executive Director and other officers from SRTEPC. The Council also updated the Indian mission about its plans to participate in Heimtextil exhibition to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from 11 to 14 January 2022, which is one of the biggest and most prominent international events for home textiles.
The Council continues to receive grievances from members regarding non-receipt of Drawback claims, IGST refunds and clearance of shipments from the Customs. I am pleased to inform you that many of our member-exporters have received their part payment of IGST claims from the CBIC, and also their pending Duty Drawback claims from Sahar Air Cargo Customs and Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House.
In another case, the Council sent a clarification to the Customs on the genuineness of the GST Paid Certificate issued to our member exporter since their shipments stuck at the Customs. On receipt of the confirmation from the Council, the Customs cleared their shipments. In this connection, I am grateful to the CBIC and Customs for their continued support in resolving the issues of our member-exporters, and also, appreciate the efforts undertaken by our Council’s team in taking up the matters with the authorities rigorously.
I request all Members to renew their Membership with the Council to avail all its benefits, if at all it is not renewed.
Dhiraj Raichand Shah
It is indeed a privilege for me to take over as the Chairman of the Council. I thank each Member of the Committee of Administration of the Council individually for reposing their trust in me.
I appreciate the efforts being undertaken by the Government of India for the safety of the people during the on-going pandemic. However, exporters have been facing challenges due to the closure of their offices like complying with the delivery schedules and other compliances. Subsequent to the lockdown/curfew guidelines as announced on 4th April, 2021, the Council had requested the Government of Maharashtra to allow 25% of the workforce in private offices of Maharashtra and considering exports sector as Essential Services. Thereafter, Export/Import of all commodities has been included in the List of Essential Services as per Order dated 13th April, 2021. In this regard, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Government of Maharashtra and also, request to hear the plea of the exporters for allowing private offices to work with 25% of the sanctioned strength.
The Council continues to receive representations from our members on various issues, all such issues are taken up with the Department and are also being suitably addressed. Further, we are grateful to Air Cargo Complex (Sahar) for disbursing the long pending Duty Drawback claims of two of our member–exporters. I thank the Officials of Air Cargo Complex for doing the needful and also, appreciate the concerted efforts undertaken by our Council’s team in rigorously following up with the matter.
Friends, the Council over the years has been striving hard to make its presence visible and its role relevant for the benefit of the Man Made Fibre Textile Industry. Though the pandemic time has been really challenging and testing period for all of us, there is tremendous scope to enhance our exports of MMF Textiles. It would be the endeavour of the Council to face the tough challenges ahead and exploit the emerging opportunities to carve out a greater share in the global MMF textile market and contribute increasingly to the national exports by targeting newer and potential markets in the coming years through Export Promotional Programmes and scale up exports to greater heights. To accomplish this goal, I seek wholehearted co-operation and staunch support from all the Members and particularly the Members of the Committee of Administration. I also request your active and more involved participation in large numbers in Council’s events to make it highly successful. I request all Members to renew their Membership with the Council to avail all the benefits of the Council.
It will be my earnest efforts to put forth the problems of the Members from all sections in every way and voice their concerns on all fronts with the various authorities at the appropriate level for solutions.
I take this opportunity to congratulate Shri. Ronakk Rughani, the outgoing Chairman and recall his unstinting support with deep gratitude. The Council has benefited from his foresighted actions and hard work during his tenure and also seek his active and continued support and association in all our future efforts to take exports of MMF textiles further to newer heights.
I seek suggestions and views from the Members so that the activities of the Council can be further
improved for their benefits.
Dhiraj Raichand Shah