Phew!!!

Apparels exported to the European Union got duty free access from this month but the industry doesn’t expect an immediate spike in volumes due to other bottlenecks. Apparels exported to the European Union got duty free access from this month but the industry doesn’t expect an immediate spike in volumes due to other bottlenecks. The European Union is the second largest trading partner for local apparel accounting for 30 percent of exports.

Sri Lanka’s case for duty free access to the EU was helped by the Indian Ocean Tsunami that killed many people last year.

Ironically the garment industry however, was not affected.

The GSP plus scheme will give Sri Lanka Zero Duty access to the twenty-five EU member states for more than seven thousand categories of goods including apparel.

This scheme will be reviewed annually during the next three years when it is in force.

Sri Lanka qualified for the GSP plus scheme from the EU last year and attempted to fast track implementation by April on the back of the Tsunami disaster.

However, internal squabbles in the EU about the graduating threshold for larger exporting nations like India and China out o