KARACHI - The exports of leather products and sports goods slumped 27 per cent due to the governments cold shoulder response towards the industry, the Nation learnt on Thursday. Reportedly, all the major buyers of these products have stopped buying such items from Pakistan on account of the worst global recession. Resultantly, production of these items has been gone down around 40 per cent. In contrast to Pakistan, neighbouring countries like China and India give 5 to 13 per cent rebate to support the industry, while the reduction of 1 per cent withholding tax is only meant for the commercial importers. Mohammad Danish Khan of the Korangi Association of Trade & Industries (KATI) while talking to the Nation, suggested that what they need is a 25 per cent subsidies on all utilities, reduction in bank mark up to 3 per cent for a period of 3 years instead of the current 7.5 per cent and a decrease in tax from the current 1 per cent level to 0.5 per cent for two years. He lamented that Pakistans share is only 1 per cent in 100 billion dollars market of leather and sports goods and that too is on the decline. However, if rebate is increased up to 10 per cent across the board, which is currently 1.25 per cent on leathers and 2.42 per cent on garments, it will be a great help to sustain countrys share, he determined. Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PGMEA) Chairman Haji Aftab Ahmed Barlas said that exports of sports goods have been reduced 40 per cent while the export of gloves is affected up to 15 per cent as global economic downturn has put a break to the buying orders. He said that production of these items is decreased due to the energy crisis and law and order situation in the country. It is essential to have subsidies and other facilities for leather and garment industries, he demanded. Duties on imported materials must be lower down and it is necessary that the said material should be announced zero-rated, he added. Sheikh Mohammad Yaqub, Chairman Pakistan Sports Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PSGMEA) lashes out at the government for not listening to grievance of the exporters since long, saying that they are always given just promises that never materialised. He said that the demand for footballs has been decreased alarmingly, and still getting lowered, as the industry has not been given any incentive which led it to the brink of closure. There was a time when the government used to give rebate even on the money people sent to back home, but now every thing has been changed, he recalled.