FAISALABAD - The target set for textile export for year 2012-13 will not be achieved due to the loadshedding, especially gas shortage. While the industrialists are being shifted their units to neighbouring countries due to worst prevailing business scenario in the country, said Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) President Mian Zahid Aslam here on Thursday.

He said that after remaining suspended for 68 days, gas supply was restored for four days a week to industries in Faisalabad last month. Due to the long gas suspension, industrial production remained almost halted and rampant electricity outages have affected the production processes adversely. He said that the textile export target set for year 2012-13 would not be achieved which would also affect the export target fixed under the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (2012-15).

He said that due to severe energy shortage coupled with high prices of inputs, worsening law and order situation, foreign buyers were reluctant to place orders, adding that mill owners were finding it difficult to complete the textile export orders in time and now forced to relocate their industries to neighbouring countries.

Most of the times untimely delivery of textile products to buyers abroad due to power crisis has resulted in considerable reduction in overall textile exports, he added. The FCCI chief maintained that the exporters received 60% less orders in ‘Heimtextile’ Trade Fair Germany this year. He apprehended that the situation may further worsen in the current year due to gas and electricity loadshedding and Pakistan may lose its major share in textile exports and suffer negative growth during the current fiscal year.

He said Faisalabad is a vibrant textile hub and contributes to 50% of the national textile exports. With the rise in domestic demand and to meet the export orders, industries are fully busy these days to meet the demand and also to complete the pile up orders. Such an increase in the unscheduled forced loadshedding and high number of outages, manufacturing of products have become difficult to meet the demand.

Quoting he said that Bangladesh despite non-cotton growing country is now cited number two in the world after China in the manufacture of read-made garments where we being the fourth largest grower of cotton in the world, but could not be able to enhance our textile exports in accordance with the real potential that Pakistan  possesses.

He said that the prime problem faced by the industries and business is the shortage of electricity and gas and real solution lies in providing uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas if export targets are to meet.