Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has hailed the slew of measures taken by the GST Council under the Chairmanship of Arun Jaitely Union Finance Minister in its 22nd meeting held on 6th Oct. 2017. AEPC views that these measures will give immediate relief to the Apparel exports sector which has been going through a difficult stressful phase due to various factors both global and domestic. These measures include reduction in the rate of GST on man-made items viz synthetic filament yarn such as nylon, polyester and acrylic etc. and artificial filament yarn, yarn of man-made staple fibres, real zari from 18 per cent to 12 per cent. The GST council has also made a provision for refund of GST for the month of July by 10th October and for August by 18th October which will ease the working capital stress. A facility of e wallet has also been introduced for addressing the refund issue.