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Government notifies 207 HSN Codes as technical textiles

Jan '19
Government notifies 207 HSN Codes as technical textiles
The government of India has notified 207 HSN Codes as technical textiles. It was a long standing demand and this step will give a major boost to the technical textiles sector as it is considered the sunrise sector. There is an immense opportunity in technical textiles sector, said the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) welcoming the initiative.

"Technical textiles provides new opportunities to the Indian textile industry to have long term sustainable future. They are not limited to Chapters 50 to 63 of HSN Codes pertaining to conventional textiles, but are covered under the HSN Codes spread over Chapter 1 to 99. In order to compile the data on export and import and also provide fiscal support, it was necessary to identify the HSN Codes of all the technical textile items," said CITI chairman Sanjay Jain.

The absence of clear classification of technical textiles was creating confusion and many genuine manufacturers were not getting various incentives and subsidies being allowed to technical textiles, stated Jain. This was impacting investment in the fast growing and sunrise segment of textiles. This policy intervention will help the industry to invest increasingly in this sector and enable the growth of the Indian textile industry.

Technical textiles segment is very significant for the growth of the textile industry as they are value added textile products that are manufactured primarily for technical performance and multi-functional properties with less intent on aesthetics & design. The diverse range of technical textiles in India can be broadly grouped into 12 categories such as agrotech, meditech, packtech, clothtech, indutech, hometech, geotech, oekotech, protech, sportstech, buildtech and mobitech. All these sectors are expected to see a double digit growth.

However, he said that India still has a long way to go as it currently lacks the ability to domestically fulfill the rising demand and to be globally competitive in this sector. There is untapped potential both in exports and domestic market of technical textiles. "To make Indian technical textiles industry globally competitive, dual policy needs to be adopted for exports as well as domestic markets. A proactive approach from government as well as industry stakeholders will be the key for Indian technical textiles to realise its full potential. One of the key steps that may be taken by the government is to establish regulatory norms for mandatory usage of technical textile items in specific industries to increase consumption. Apart from that, focus on bringing foreign direct investment in order to get the requisite technical know-how and expertise would be crucial," explained Jain. (RR)

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