The Tirupur Exporters’ Affiliation (TEA) on Wednesday wrote to heads of all of the banks looking for assist to tide over the monetary disaster confronted by the knitwear exporters, largely small models, who’re reeling underneath the excessive yarn costs. TEA has requested all of the banks to handhold the exporters who’re clients of the respective banks and supply ample monetary help.

TEA president Raja M Shanmugham identified that the Tirupur knitwear sector is now passing by a troublesome state of affairs at its peak once more because of the unprecedented surge in cotton costs of greater than double and subsequent hike within the yarn costs, which additionally doubled in comparison with final yr. Tirupur knitwear sector contains 95% of MSME exporters and is solely depending on financial institution funds for his or her operations.

He mentioned TEA is looking for financial institution help from their MSME clients to tide over the liquidity disaster and assist them convey again normalcy of their export enterprise.

“Contemplating the necessity to shield MSMEs within the garment sector, we request you to kindly assessment the problem empathetically, handhold the shoppers to tide over the present state of affairs, assist for the sustenance of the models and shield the workers hooked up with these models,” mentioned Shanmugham.

Tirupur garment cluster has had exports to the tune of Rs 33,525 crore in FY2021-2022 and by way of the greenback, exports recorded $4.51 billion.

Highlighting the graveness of the problem at hand, he mentioned that round 18 months in the past, the knitwear models might purchase one kilogram (kg) of yarn for Rs 200 whereas now, with the identical quantity, the models might purchase solely 400 g of yarn.

“This apparently reveals how a lot knitwear exporting MSMEs at the moment are present process monetary stress on the operational entrance and the key concern is that liquidity has been drained off from its sanctioned limits and MSMEs can execute solely 40% of their very own capability. As an impression of a liquidity disaster, the remainder of orders are additionally acquired struck up within the pipeline itself,” he mentioned.

The worth escalation can’t be simply equated with worth realisation similar to that because it takes its personal time and in the end, all MSMEs have gotten into stress and couldn’t rotate as desired or initially deliberate, Shanmugham added.

TEA had appealed to the textile mills associations SIMA Coimbatore, TASMA Dindigul and ITF Coimbatore to advise their members to revoke the cotton yarn worth hike of `40 per kg for all counts instantly and restore it to April 2022 worth degree.

The affiliation had in final week urged the Centre to ban cotton and cotton yarn exports instantly until the time costs are stabilised because the knitwear garment exporters are working out of options, fearing that they may not full the orders taken already primarily based on the earlier enter prices.

“We apprehend that the severity of impression on the value-added knitwear garment sector can have a cascading impact on every stage of producing and 1000’s of employees employed with these models, other than the banks,” Shanmugham had mentioned in a letter to the Union textile secretary.

Whereas the federal government had eliminated the 11% of import responsibility on cotton in mid-April, the textile mills on Monday elevated the yarn costs by Rs 40 per kg for all counts and in accordance with TEA, this has occurred at a time when the survival of knitwear exporting models are at a stake attributable to numerous different hostile elements like Russia – Ukraine battle, enhance in equipment, a job working and freight fees.

He mentioned that the softening of cotton and cotton yarn costs could possibly be witnessed solely when the federal government takes a critical view and ban the cotton and cotton yarn exports until the costs are regularised within the home market.

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