Textile and clothing exporters, especially those in the Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSMEs) category, have welcomed the GST relaxations announced recently.
K.V. Srinivasan, Chairman of the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council, has said that the expansion of the Composition Scheme from the turnover threshold of Rs. 1 cr to Rs. 1.5 cr will be a relief to several small-scale tax payers.
They would now have to pay the tax on a quarterly basis and file the returns annually. The small-scale tax payers who were so far unable to file the returns on time would benefit from this. The GST exemption limit had also been increased from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 40 lakh. This would help the small or medium scale textile exporters and encourage growth in the textile sector.
According to A. Sakthivel, Vice-Chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council, the increase in GST exemption limit will benefit the knitwear industry and the MSMEs in Tirupur. Units catering to the domestic or export market and have turnover of less than Rs. 40 lakh will now be exempted. There are many such units in the knitting, embroidery, and stitching activities and these do job work for larger units, he said.