SL apparel exporters seek Govt help to fully utilise GSP Plus

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

17-May-2019  |  2 mins read

Sri Lanka garment factory
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Apparel exporters of Sri Lanka have urged Government to help them develop a dedicated textile industry so as to source the much needed fabrics for exporting apparels. This, the apparel exporters feel, would enhance the utilisation of EU’s GSP Plus.

Substantiating further, Rehan Lakhani, Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA), said “The absence of a strong fabric base in Sri Lanka is fast lessening our ability to manufacture a large volume of apparels for export to the EU using GSP Plus, due to our inability to meet the country of origin rules.”    

In 2018, Sri Lanka exported apparels to EU at a year-on-year growth of 3.9 per cent, whereas it was much impressive 5.7 per cent to USA. The Chairman said that the best possible way to maximise the utilisation of GSP Plus is to develop the textile industry for apparel exports with complete Government support.

He said the Government should come forward and help in providing lands as well as discharge facilities for treated water.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, together with Indonesia, has submitted a joint application to EU seeking permission to use fabrics from Indonesia to make apparels in Sri Lanka. Similarly, the Government is talking to South Korea as well to buy fabrics from them.

It is pertinent to note that the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) of Sri Lanka has formed a team with Bangladesh too to penetrate into EU market as both the countries can use their strengths to their advantage.

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