Textile exports grow 3.94pc in six months.


Byline: Imran Ali Kundi

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's textile exports have recorded growth of 3.94 percent in first six months (July to December) of the ongoing financial year (FY20) mainly due to cash support to various sectors and currency depreciation.

According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the country has exported textile commodities worth $6.91 billion in July-December period of FY20 as compared to $6.64 billion in same period of last year.

Growth in textile sector exports has helped in increasing the overall exports of the country, which have increased by 3.14 percent to $11.53 billion in the period under review. Exports are increasing due to currency depreciation and government's cash incentive packages to the various sectors.

In the value-added sector, exports of knitwear were up by 7.59 percent followed by 3.16 percent in bed wear.

Exports of ready-made garments rose by 12.08 percent while proceeds from towel only inched by a modest 0.22 percent. The data showed that exports of cotton cloth had recorded a decline of 3.7 percent. Exports of tents, canvas and tarpaulin witnessed decrease of 19.68 percent.

Meanwhile, exports of made-up articles (excluding towels and bedwear had declined by 5.97 percent.

The fresh PBS data showed that exports of non-textile products have also shown growth during July-December in FY20. In non-textile products, exports of leather products have enhanced by 11.06 percent during July to December period in FY20.

This was mainly led by sales of leather garment, leather gloves, followed by other leather products.

Footwear exports went up by 17.75 percent on back of leather footwear and others, surgical goods and medical instruments by 9.56 percent.

Meanwhile, engineering goods increased by 3.57 percent during the year under review.

Food exports have also recorded increase of 10.26 percent during July to December period of the current fiscal year. In the food basket, exports of rice witnessed a robust rise of 26.3 percent in the six months of current fiscal year from a year ago.

The growth was witnessed in both basmati and non-basmati rice. However, exports of carpet and rug exports increased by 1.16 percent during the first six months of...

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