(fibre2fashion) -- The recent
decision of the Government of India to impose an anti-dumping duty of 16.90
percent on the import of viscose filament yarn (VFY) originating in, or exported
from, China for a further period of five years, is likely to affect powerloom
weavers in India?s textile hub of Surat.
Viscose filament yarn is the main raw material for about 150,000 of around
600,000 weaving machines in Surat, known for man-made fabrics production.
Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association (FOGWA) Chairman, Mr. Ashok
Jirawala, told fibre2fashion, "Powerloom weavers and yarn importers in Surat
would be greatly affected due to the levy of anti-dumping duty on the import of
viscose filament yarn from China. The small-scale industries would especially
feel the blow."
FOGWA has submitted a memorandum to two Union Ministers during the past few
days urging them to remove the duty on import of VFY. "The Ministers have
promised to arrange our meeting with the Textiles Minister and work to solve the
issue," informs Mr. Jirawala.