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Dayanidhi Maran inaugurates India Pavilion at Magic, USA
Aug '09
Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, Union Textiles Minister, Government of India inaugurated the India Pavilion on 30th August, 2009 at the Sourcing at Magic, Las Vegas, USA. Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran is leading currently a trade delegation comprising Secretary (Textiles), Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Chairman, The Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) and Chairman, The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC).

The Apparel Export Promotion Council has organized an India pavilion and 22 participants from Delhi, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Noida , Mumbai and Tirupur are displaying whole range of apparels covering womens wear, menswear and kidswear.

USA is an important and established market for Indian Textiles and Clothing (T&C) exports, and approximately 30.6% of garment are exported to US market, and it constitute 4% of the USA garment imports, which is around US$ 72 billion. Our objectives is to strengthen and revitalize our relations with top American buyers and help the exporting community in reach-out to new buyers, said Thiru. Maran.

The USA has increased its import of textiles and clothing from US$ 75 billion in 2000 to US$ 96 bilion in 2008, of which, the share of apparel was US$ 73 billion. The USA market has shown a growth of 16% & 3% respectively in 2000-04 & 2005-08 period, said Thiru. Maran.

Between January-June 2009, the total textiles import by USA were US$ 37.54 billion, of which apparels were US$ 28.91 billion, and the Indias total export of textiles and clothing in the same period was US$ 2.43 billion, of which apparel is US$ 1.59 billion, said Thiru. Maran. These are respectively lower by 11.43% and 8.63% when compared to January-June 2008. Some of the important Indian apparel & textile exports to USA are Cotton Dresses (US$ 132.46 million), T-shirts (US$ 397 million), Gents Shirts (US$ 83 million), Blouses (US$ 173 million), Skirts (US$ 80 million), Shorts and Trousers (US$ 244 million), Cotton Underwear (US$ 109 million), Cotton Sheets (US$ 136 million), Pile Towels (US$ 178 million), Floor Coverings (US$ 115 million), informed Thiru Maran.

It is expected that the US textiles and clothing market will come out of recession, said Thiru. Maran. My visit will immensely help exporters to grab a large chunk of market, which is expected to rebound by 2010 & 2011, said Thiru. Maran. The Minister hoped that if sustained efforts are made by the industry the country could capture additional US$ 1.5 billion textile and clothing export, which will also help to generate additional employment opportunities. The Minister outlined that after the quota phase out in 2004, the garment imports from India by USA, which were US$ 2.68 billion in calendar year 2009 reached at US$ 2.76 billion in calendar year in 2008.

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