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Tiruppur garment exporters expected to receive more orders amid economic crisis in Sri Lanka

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“Some incomplete orders from the island nation had reached the garment units in Tiruppur”

“Some incomplete orders from the island nation had reached the garment units in Tiruppur”

As Sri Lanka reels from the current economic crisis, Tiruppur-based garment exporters expect international garment buyers to shift their orders to India, Tiruppur in particular. A few garment units in Tiruppur have already received orders and inquiries but no major changes in orders have yet taken place, they said.

According to Sri Lankan media, clothing orders from the UK, European Union and Latin American countries are being diverted to India as the clothing sector in Sri Lanka has been affected by the shortage of fuel, precipitated by the economic crisis. Orders have been placed in Tiruppur by these buyers to purchase woven items, T-shirts and baby clothes, according to reports.

Raja M. Shanmugham, chairman of the Tiruppur Exporters Association (TEA), said only “a few incomplete orders” from Sri Lanka had reached the garment units in Tiruppur for fulfillment in the past few months. “It is a brilliant chance that has opened up for India,” he told The Hindu, adding that moving a substantial part of the orders will depend on policy decisions made by the Sri Lankan government. .

Noting that Sri Lankan garments are known for their “workmanship”, Mr Shanmugham suggested that the central government must take steps to improve the skills of the workforce in Tiruppur. According to his estimates, of the nearly six lakh workers working in about 3,000 garment units, at least two lakh workers need to upgrade. “We have a self-learning workforce, which has many limitations,” the TEA chairman said, adding that upskilling will lead to less waste and more productivity.

A. Sakthivel, chairman of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations, said that international garment buyers have applied to garment units in Tiruppur and these buyers are already buying from India in addition to Sri Lanka. He said he was confident that the Tiruppur cluster is ready to meet orders that may be diverted from Sri Lanka in the coming months, which he estimated could represent “around 30 to 40%” of the total. total orders placed by clothing buyers in the island. nation.