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Knitwear exporters says, non-tariff measures harm business capabilities

Update : 08 Dec 2015, 07:04 PM

Different non-tariff measures are harming the business capabilities of the knitwear manufacturers and exporters of the country, despite some reductions of tariffs in the international trade, BKMEA officials has said. 

They said the developed countries are increasingly introducing non-tariff measures including anti-dumping, countervailing, safeguard measures etc. 

They were speaking at a seminar on problems and measures regarding non-tariff measures for ready-made garments industry held at BKMEA's main office in Narayanganj on  Tuesday morning.  

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association  (BKMEA) in collaboration with the Bangladesh Tariff Commission organized the seminar.  

Shulabh Chowdhury, CEO of BKMEA, issued a press release after the event.  

Presided over by BKMEA Vice-President (Finance)  GM Farooq, Afroza Parveen, member of the Bangladesh Tariff Commission,  was present as the chief guest, and Mansur Ahmed, second vice-president of BKMEA, as special guest at the seminar.   

The speakers said the manufacturers and exporters in developing countries lack the key information, facilities and capabilities. Meanwhile, the  complex requirements of a variety of non-tariff measures have made it expensive and difficult of the manufacturers and exporters. 

BKMEA director Md Habibur Rahman said the buyers impose conditions on the manufacturers of buying raw materials from certain firms, which also have negative impacts on the capacity of the manufacturers. 

Former vice-president of BKMEA,  Md Hatem said Bangladesh's garment factories are also subjected to strong compliance. 

He also said  production cost is increasing due to the compliances despite no increase in the export earnings. 

Apurba Sikder, director of  Wisdom attires, said the export products are also subjected to different kinds of certification and  the samples have to be sent abroad due to the lack of adequate number of accredited laboratories, which is why shipments are delayed. 

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