On the one hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi is extensively promoting his 'Make in India' campaign but on the other garment manufacturers in ludhiana and other parts of country are facing a stiff competition from illegal imports of woollen hosiery garments and other accesories like caps mufflers jackets gloves etc. Most of the wholesalers across the country especially Delhi now focus more on imported garments than on the ones made in India.
However, the major chunk of imported goods are illegal, as Indian wholesalers import goods through sea or by air from Indian agents/forwarders settled in china. These China-based agents charge the buyers by weight of goods or in percentage of the total amount for delivery in india without any bill, duty or document.Further in wholesale markets, the goods are being sold without any bills. On being requested for a bill, the standard answer given by the dealers is “These are Chinese goods. No bill can be given." Kids garments and women wear are the most imported items in the garment category. Plus wholesalers also prefer branded fakes.
Businesses who import goods legally, mostly misinterpret the details and benefits from different duty slabs on kidswear and other ones. The practice of under invoicing is also very common.
Bussineses are generally in favour of commerce and competition, which is good for the economy, only if the playing field is even. The taxation policies, raw material prices, intrest rates are far lower in China. Technically, China is advanced as compare to india. But Indian made goods are far superior in terms of quality and styling. It is all on account of greed of a few people that has lead to a trend of selling imported goods.
The corruption on ports needs to be checked so as to control the illegal imports. It should be a social responsibilty of a importer/trader to practice fair trade. Finally,the taxation authorities must keep a strict eye on wholesale markets so that local industry is not hurt and the dream of "MAKE IN INDIA" is accomplished.
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