Web Exclusive | March 2017
Indian wool export dips 15%
India’s exports of wool and wool blends fell 18 per cent in dollar terms and 15 per cent in rupee terms, between April 2016 and January 2017. The main reason is that the US, the EU and the UAE are witnessing a slowdown, and about 70 per cent of the exports go to these countries. Woolen handmade carpets contribute 72.7 per cent to total woolen exports.
The slowdown in global demand has affected medium-sized manufacturers in Ludhiana and Amritsar. Punjab accounts for 35 per cent of the total exports of wool and wool-blended products followed by Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Now, woolen manufacturers are exploring options like Kazakhstan, Australia, Germany and China. They are participating in trade fairs and buyer-seller meets.
In addition the industry has asked for exempting raw wool from import duty, abolishing import duty on woolen textile machinery and increasing duty drawback rates. India’s wool and woolen textile industry is the seventh largest in the world. India’s wool and woollen industry can broadly be divided into worsted yarn, woollen yarn, wool tops, fabric, shoddy yarn, shoddy fabrics, blankets, knitwear, handmade carpets and machine made carpets.