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India’s cotton yarn exports drop due to Pakistan China’s Free Trade Agreement

India’s cotton yarn exports between April and September this year were recorded at 422mn kgs valued at $1.27bn.
Under the new FTA, China would open up 90 pc of its market for Pakistani goods whereas Pakistan would share 65pc of its market with Chinese exports.

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China has dented India’s cotton yarn exports after Indian cotton exports declined by a massive 38.8 percent during the first six months of the current fiscal year that ended in September 2019.

According to a report in Deccan Herald, cotton yarn exports between April and September this year were recorded at 422 million kgs, valued at $1.27 billion as compared to 654 million kgs valued at $2.08 billion recorded in the same period last year.

The report states that the FTA between China and Pakistan has been the major factor behind India’s cotton yarn decline, as India cotton yarn exports to China dropped after the second phase of China-Pakistan FTA came into effect. The FTA was signed in April on goods worth $64 billion that mostly pertained to textile products including cotton yarn.

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