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Illegal clothing imports impact Indonesian garment sector
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Jan '12
Experts in the Indonesian industry are of the opinion that keeping a close check on illegal imports could help in the holistic growth of the domestic industrial sector, among which textiles and apparels could be a key beneficiary.

Recently, a top official in the Ministry of Industry & Trade acknowledged that illegal imports are rampant mainly in the textile, clothing and a few other sectors. This he said was stunting the growth mainly of the small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

Even the Indonesian Textile Association (API) had said that illegal imports of used clothing has led to lose of many jobs, as people tend to buy used clothing which are comparatively cheaper than new garments.

Data available for the first ten months of 2011 from the Ministry of Commerce indicates that clothing imports rose 35 percent from a year ago to US $136 million. API is of the opinion that hundreds of thousands of pieces are illegally imported into the country, due to which, the impact on job opportunities is very high.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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