Unlawful import of India art silk destroying local industry. Seventy percent units closed, thousands of workers laid off.

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September 19, 2016

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Monday said unabated export of Indian art silk through United Arab Emirates (UAE) has dealt a severe blow to the local industry.

Around seventy percent of the local units have been closed resulting in unemployment of thousands of labour, he said.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that art silk cannot be imported from India as it has been included in the negative list but authorities have taken little interest in stopping Indian exports through UAE which has almost damaged this sector.

He said that in 1990s there were over one hundred thousand machines making art silk while its export amounted to 800 million dollars but later the Chinese art silk find its way in local market through Afghanistan which started damaging the local industry.

Afterwards, India started exporting 85 percent of its art silk production to Pakistan through UAE backed by hidden subsidy to exporters which was another blow to the local industry.

There is almost no demand in UAE for the art silk and the country can import it from China paying half the price what it pays to India estimated to be 90 million dollars annually.

Indian exporters and some Pakistani importers have ganged up to continue the illegal trade by making changes in bill of lading and amending the name of country of origin as China instead of India which should be noticed, he said.

He said that massive under invoicing is also taking place which is inflicting damage to local industry and the government.

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