Textile sector warns of protest on untimely clearance of imported cotton

Brian Burns / January 18,2023


  • APTMA chief says textile exports will probably be restricted to $16-17bn this 12 months.
  • He reveals business exports uncooked cotton 4 occasions in comparison with imported worth.
  • Business participant warns 7m folks will probably be unemployed in January.

LAHORE: As Pakistan struggles to spice up depleting foreign exchange reserves, the textile homeowners threatened the federal government of staging a protest because of the delay within the clearance of imported cotton containers at Karachi port, The Information reported Friday. 

All Pakistan Textile Mills Affiliation (APTMA) Chairman Hamid Zaman stated: “The textile business will probably be compelled to protest if the federal government doesn’t clear the imported cotton coming to Karachi.”  

The textile business would fail to satisfy an export goal of $25 billion within the present 12 months on the non-availability of uncooked supplies, primarily uncooked cotton, he stated throughout a programme organised by the Lahore Financial Journalist Affiliation. 

“This 12 months, textile exports will probably be restricted to $16-17 billion,” he predicted. 

The textile industry imports uncooked cotton and after worth addition exports it at 4 occasions the imported worth. Thus, the federal government ought to enable exporters to import 35% of the export worth.

The APTMA chief, nonetheless, warned that if issues usually are not managed, seven million folks related to the business will probably be unemployed in January.

“The business was left with 60 days’ of uncooked supplies solely and if well timed clearance of already arrived cotton won’t begin from the port, textiles will utterly shut down. It will lead to unemployment of 25 million folks throughout the nation,” he warned.

Zaman knowledgeable that just about 30-50% of the textile business of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh had already been utterly or partially closed.

“The textile business has to date ordered 1.7 million bales of cotton from the US, out of which 0.531 million cotton bales have been dispatched whereas 100,000 bales have already arrived at Karachi port with a price of greater than $300 million.”

APTMA chief urged the federal government to instruct business banks in addition to the State Financial institution of Pakistan to make sure the well timed opening of letters of credit score for the cotton importers to keep away from any export disaster. 

In response to a query, Zaman admitted that some exporters couldn’t convey their export quantity again to Pakistan because of the instability of the alternate fee. He additionally urged the federal government to take motion towards those that have been hoarding the US dollar, vowing that the APTMA would help the trigger.

Zaman additional identified that demurrages and detention costs on imported items had exceeded the worth of the products that overseas corporations needed to pay. 

“Up to now, Rs2 billion in demurrages and detention costs have been charged, that are growing with time, and since previous couple of days the merchants and banks will probably be at odds with one another.”

APTMA Senior Vice Chairman Kamran Arshad stated a extreme scarcity of uncooked cotton was there within the native market because the nation had produced solely 4.6 million cotton bales. 

He talked about that 15 million cotton bales have been required to realize $20 billion in exports.