India’s textile and apparel products, including handlooms and handicrafts, are exported to more than 100 countries across the globe. India’s key export destinations for textiles and apparel products includes countries namely USA, UAE, the UK, Bangladesh, Germany, China, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, etc. USA is the largest importer among all, importing about one fourth of the total exports from India.
During 2021-22, USA was the top export destination for textile and apparel industry, accounting for 27% share of overall exports which has grown from 24% share witnessed in 2019-20. Among the other key export countries, Bangladesh has grown its share of imports significantly from 6% to 12% over the same period. India and UAE have recently signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the country is also in the process of negotiating FTAs with EU, Australia, UK, Canada, Israel and other countries/ region which is likely to boost exports of Indian textile and apparels in future by providing competitive edge over other exporting countries. Furthermore, India’s consolidated foreign direct investment (FDI) policy circular 2020 provides 100% FDI in single brand product retail trading and up to 51% FDI in multi-brand retail trading, subject to certain conditions. This continues to attract leading international retailers for sourcing their garment and home textiles requirements from India and drives the interest from new export destinations.