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Pakistan’s knitted garment exports to rise by 20%

PHMA chief Bilwani asks Prime Minister Imran Khan to focus on the knitwear sector as it has the potential to enhance exports manifold.

29th July 2021

Knitting Industry
 |  Karachi, Pakistan

Knitted Outerwear

Pakistan’s knitted garment manufacturers have requested their government to allow them representation in meetings related to textile exports, The Express Tribune reports. In a statement this week, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA) Chief Coordinator Muhammad Jawed Bilwani highlighted that Pakistan’s knitted garment exports had surged by 36.57% in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Total exports rose from $21.4 billion in FY20 to $25.3 billion in the previous fiscal year, and the share of textiles in overall exports came in at 60.86%.

“Hosiery products have kept a major share of 15% in the textile group and this segment has the potential to contribute 25% to the total textile exports of the country,” Muhammad Jawed Bilwani, told the newspaper. Bilwani added that the share of knitted garments in total exports would rise to 20% in fiscal year 2021-22.

“Had the government keenly considered proposals of the knitwear sector and addressed all problems and issues of businessmen, the contribution of knitwear garments to the total exports would have been much higher in fiscal year 2020-21,” he said.

The export value of hosiery products rose from $2.8 billion in FY20 to $3.8 billion in FY21.

“Knitwear exports recorded an increase of 36.6% despite the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. “The segment also emerged as the highest foreign exchange earner, of $3.81 billion, in the previous fiscal year.”

Mr Bilwani elaborated that the foreign exchange earned by the sector was 25.83% higher than the export revenue earned from exports of readymade or woven garments and 37.68% more than the receipts for bedwear exports.

“If the export of knitted bedsheets and fabric was included, the total foreign exchange earned by the knitwear sector would soar to $4.5 billion, accounting for 29.2% of the entire textile group and 17.91% of the total exports,” he said.

Bilwani asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to focus on the knitwear sector as it had the potential to enhance exports manifold. Bilwani pointed out that major exports of Bangladesh included knitwear products as well and they covered 43.66% of total exports of that country. He also mentioned that the annual global demand for knitwear stood at $208 billion but Pakistan’s share in the global knitwear exports stood at a meagre 1.83%.

He was, The Express Tribune said, of the view that Pakistan had the resources to enhance hosiery exports within a short time frame. He, however, regretted that the government had failed to hold consultations with stakeholders of the knitted garments sector on boosting exports while officials belonging to the rest of the textile chain were invited for meetings.

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