PYMA's SOS to save downstream textile industry
The Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association (PYMA) has appealed to the government to save the downstream textile industry as a turf war rages in the yarn sector.
In a letter to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar PYMA Central Chairman Muhammad Usman pointed out that the local manufacturers of polyester filament yarn could only meet needs of 25 per cent of the downstream industry. Despite the fact that investigation into injury is currently underway by the National Tariff Commission (NTC) to review anti-dumping duty, local manufacturers are lobbying to impose regulatory duty, he said.
The PYMA chairman said these attempts by the local manufacturers will put the entire weaving and knitting industry in a grave situation by increasing the cost of their basic raw material (yarn), and make the entire downstream industry uncompetitive. The results will be disastrous for exports which are already suffering on account of high energy costs.
“The not-so-noble intentions of the few local manufacturers are self-evident. They want to create a monopoly-like situation to give themselves short term benefits at the expense of the very large downstream sector, which employs millions of people and is the backbone of our economy,” Usman said in the letter.
In 2008, the NTC had imposed anti-dumping duties (max 18 per cent) on the filament yarns originating from Thailand, Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia. At that time, there were about 17 local manufacturers of polyester filament yarn and there was no import of polyester yarn from China.
Despite the fact that the anti-dumping duty was levied for over eight years, the number of local manufacturers shrank into four units and their market share decreased. The long-term solution for local manufacturers is to modernise and upgrade their plants and enhance capacity to achieve economies of scale. Regulatory Duty is not the right solution, the PYMA Central Chairman said.
He urged the government that fabric imports from any part of the world should be allowed under legal channel of import which includes Letter of Credit (LC) or Documents Against Payments (DP) because the goods payments via banking channels can save the local downstream industry.
The PYMA chairman also said that textile package was envisioned by the government in 2005 in which all stakeholders agreed that in order to bring fabric trade under legal umbrella, the maximum duty on fabric should not exceed 15 per cent. Hence, the duty on yarn was fixed at 7 per cent but over the years, the duty has escalated to 11 per cent without any reason, causing distortions and making raw material for the downstream industry more expensive.
“We suggest that the yarn duty should be rolled back to 9 per cent to give benefits to the weaving and knitting industry,” he added. (SH)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India