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Israeli textile producer warns of shifting base
Oct '11
A major Israel textile and clothing producer, which employs more than 500 people, has warned that it would relocate its manufacturing facilities either to Jordan or Ethiopia if the Israeli government lifted tariffs on imports from Far-East Asian countries.

According to Arad Textile Industries Ltd – a producer of towels, clothing and surgical wear, eliminating tariffs on goods imported from countries with which it does not have a free trade deal, could expose and impact domestic producers of textiles.

The company said that it would be difficult to compete with textile and clothing imports from low-cost countries like China, India and Pakistan if the 12 percent import duty was withdrawn, without signing trade agreements with them.

Rather than helping the Israeli textile sector which is in a bad shape, this move could demoralize it to a very great extent, Arad Textile said.

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