Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association Central Chairman expresses concerns over continuous decline in export

Karachi, May 03, 2016 (PPI-OT): Shaikh Mohammad Shafiq, central chairman, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) in a statement said that the government has set export target of $35 billion to be achieved during next three years through Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2015-2018 and improvement in export competitiveness, on the other hand export is continue declining, and break the highest decline record of 32 years.

This decline is only for the reason of high cost of production; due to increase in the energy costs as compare to our competitive countries and exporters are unable to compete with their competitors.

The tariff rates of electricity for industry and commercial concerns are considerably higher in Pakistan than competing countries basically due to over 50% line losses and theft.

Pakistan ranks 138 out of 189 on ease of doing business, while last year it was 136.

Shafiq, continued to cite the high cost of doing business, saying that it has started hitting the textile industry severely, which is evident from the growing number of factory closures in the sector.

He further said that Oil prices declined internationally but here in Pakistan industry is not getting relief.

He concluded, in order to enhance the export we need the following immediate measures, which we have already submitted to the concern ministry.

Zero-rated regime announced by the Prime Minister right now rather than from July 2016.

Release of stuck up refund payments against Sales Tax, duty drawback and drawback on local taxes and levies (DLTL).

“No payment no refund” system.

Tariff of electricity, gas and water for export sectors should be brought down.

Incentive on export as per our competitors.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA)
3rd Floor, Plot No. 57-C, 24th Commercial Street,
Phase II (Ext), DHA, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35890651-2
Fax: +92-21-35890653