Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Textiles
11-March-2011 15:25 IST
Import of used Garments
The import of worn clothing/used garments is not in such quantity or value to pose any threat to the domestic textiles industry. The imports of worn clothing in the year 2009-10 was of the order of US$ 47.18 million, which is a decline of 46.63% over 2008-09. As per latest available data for the current financial year (2010-11) the import of worn clothing/used garments was US$ 22.95 million during April-June 2010. This information was given by Smt Panabaaka Lakshmi , Minister of State for Textiles in Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question raised by Shri Jaywantrao Awale.

The Minister further stated that the Government has already imposed restrictions on the import of used garments keeping in view the sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues involved by bringing such imports under the ‘Restricted list of Imports’. The policy condition viz imports licencing Note No. (1) allowing sale of worn clothing by Special Economic Zone (SEZ) units in the Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) has also been deleted vide DGFT’s Notification No. 43/2009-14 dated the 19th May, 2010, the Minister added.