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Pakistan’s textile exports plunge 12% year-on-year in September: APTMA

  • On a monthly basis, exports decrease nearly 8% in comparison to August
Published October 4, 2023

Exports of Pakistan’s textile sector continued to maintain a downward trajectory, clocking in at $1.35 billion in September compared to $1.53 billion recorded in the same month of the previous year for a year-on-year decline of 12%, showed provisional data released by the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) on Wednesday.

Data showed the country’s textile exports in the first nine months of the calendar year 2023 decreased by 18% to $11.9 billion, down from $14.53 billion in the same period of 2022.

Pakistan’s textile exports are crucial as they make up for the bulk of the country’s exports. The year-on-year decline is concerning for the South Asian economy, which faces a shortage of foreign exchange, and relies on some non-debt creating dollar inflow to shore up reserves.

Meanwhile, on a monthly basis, the textile exports declined by nearly 8%, as compared to $1.46 billion recorded in August.

Although forex reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have improved, currently at $7.67 billion amid inflows from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and bilateral partners including Saudi Arabia and UAE, reserves remain under pressure on account of external debt servicing.

Earlier, Minister for Commerce Dr Gohar Ejaz, who is also the patron-in-chief of APTMA, expressed his optimism for the textile sector, stating, “cotton arrivals crossing the five million bales mark on October 1, 2023, is a momentous achievement for Pakistan.

“This is even more than last full year’s figure of 4.9 mil. bales, which was a 34% YoY decline over the preceding year.

“This remarkable growth showcases the dedication and hard work of our farmers and the resilience of our cotton industry,” Gohar said on Wednesday.


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Chivas Regal Oct 04, 2023 04:07pm
Textile sector is the biggest crybaby of all time. Only hear complaining all the time despite getting extraordinary facilities from the Govt. If this sector still can't progress then it is better to just pack it up and move on!
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DBX Oct 04, 2023 05:38pm
The compromised generals compromising everything! Its economic warfare!
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Awami Oct 04, 2023 07:28pm
@Chivas Regal, there is tough competition by other textile exporters. Domestic textile industry has to pay highest rate for electricity which is biggest cost after raw materials. Nation provide power to textile industry comparable to other nations. They are not whiner crybabies but they suffer in international market due to cost of power.
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Aamir Oct 04, 2023 07:59pm
@Awami, so what about the exchange rates. Cost of power is more than covered in that. They are low value added cry babies. Sorry no more subsidies folks. Perform, adapt, change or pack up
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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 04, 2023 09:14pm
Heading to zero
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Az_Iz Oct 04, 2023 09:15pm
Cotton arrivals appear to be increasing. So textile industry does not have to import them, saving on shipping costs. Employee wages probably haven’t increased in line with rupee devaluation, which is an advantage. They also got cheap loans under TERF. So, it is time to deliver, not seek more and more subsidies from the government.
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Ali Oct 04, 2023 09:51pm
@Chivas Regal, you are only partially right but workforce in millions is making bread and butter from Textile industry so it's easier said than done to pack up, who will be responsible for massive unemployment if industry will be closed
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Muhammad aumair Oct 04, 2023 10:23pm
APTMA textiles manupulate government and misused DLTL scheme and sales tax amount why export not increased due to DLTL scheme amount misused
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Ahmad Zia Oct 05, 2023 06:36am
@Chivas Regal, some non sense people who can only drink alcohol can spit such words Textile industry is paying 24 percent mark ups , high electricity and gas bills , labour , transportation, farmers , raw material like plastic , paper , chemicals , iron , steal , rubber industries etc Do u even know how many industries are interlinked with just one industry You better drink chivas regal instead of commenting my illiterate friend or may be you are doing real estate business which can give benifits to individuals only
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