Smt. Smriti Irani takes charge as the Minister of Information & Broadcasting, in New Delhi on July 18, 2017.

New Delhi, July 12 (KNN) Government has enhanced interest equalization rate for pre and post shipment credit for exports done by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of textile sector from 3% to 5% from November 2, 2018, said Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles.

In a written reply to Lok Sabha, she said “Benefits of Interest Equalization Scheme has been extended to merchant exporters from 2.01.2019 which was earlier limited to only manufacturer exporters.”

To reduce the cost of garment industry, GST rate on manmade fibre yarns has been reduced from 18% to 12%, Irani added.

GST rates for garments and made up articles is 5% of sale value not exceeding Rs 1000 per piece and 12% for articles of sale value exceeding Rs 1000 per piece. The GST rates are lesser than the pre-GST incidence of taxes on these goods, Irani informed Lok Sabha.

Further, she added that the refund of accumulated input tax credit on fabrics has also been allowed to reduce cost of fabrics which is a major input for garments.

As per the data of Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics, export of textile and apparel including handicrafts has increased by 0.2% from USD 40.1 billion in 2014-15 to USD 40.4 billion in 2018-19. Increase in imports is primarily due to increase in imports of MMF and cotton textiles, said Irani.

In addition, she mentioned that to increase competitiveness of textile industry, Government announced a Special Package for garments and made-ups sectors.

The package offers Rebate of State Levies (RoSL), labour law reforms, additional incentives under Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) and relaxation of Section 80JJAA of Income Tax Act. The RoSL scheme has been replaced by the new RoSCTL (Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies) scheme from 7th March 2019 and will remain in force up to March 31, 2020.

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