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How to start textile export from India?

Looking to start textile export from India? Here is a quick guide on the process and export documents required to help you set up your textile export business from India and sell internationally in a seamless and easy way.
textile export from India
From ethnic and Western apparel to home and kitchen linen, the textile industry in India offers a range of products that is manufactured, packed and sold on a daily basis. Known for its reasonably priced and intricately designed products, the demand is no doubt growing rapidly in the international market. Interestingly, the Indian textile industry contributes to over 12% of India’s export earnings1. In July 2021, exports of textiles made of cotton yarn, fabrics and handloom products from India increased by 50.86%2. Even in the international market, India stands 6th largest exporter of textiles and apparel, thus, opening up several opportunities for local sellers to benefit from by taking their businesses global.

What are the top textile export products from India?

While there are numerous kinds and types of textile products exported from India, below are some of the popular categories that are in demand on international marketplaces:
With the latest PLI (Production-Linked Incentive) scheme for textiles launched by the Government of India in September 2021, textile exporters from the country are expected to receive more support and opportunities3. The scheme provides incentives to companies in order to boost domestic manufacturing. This is done by the government in an effort to make products more competitively priced, reduce a country’s dependence on imports and generate employment. To assist sellers who export apparel, Apparel Export Promotion Council – an official body of apparel exporters was formed in 1978. This body promotes and develops textile export trade between Indian sellers and other countries.

What are the top countries for textile exports from India?

• European Union
• UK
• USA
• Japan
• Canada
• UAE
• Singapore4

What are the documents required to export textiles and apparel from India?

In order to start the textile export business from India, there are a few documents that are required to be obtained:
• PAN card of the applicant

• ID proof (Aadhar card, voter ID, driving license)

• Address proof of the business

• Credit card (internationally enabled)

• Import Export Code (IEC)
IEC registration can be done online by applying on the website of DGFT.

• GST registration certificate
GST registration can also be done online. Log on to gst.gov.in and click on ‘New Registration’. Fill in your details, along with the required documents. The details will be verified through email confirmation and OTP. Once the application is approved, the GST certificate is issued.

• RCMC (Registration cum membership Certificate) for textile and apparel
This certificate implies that the applicant has complied with all the guidelines of the APEC (Apparel Export Promotion Council). The RCMC certificate can be applied through the APEC portal.

How to export textile from India?

With the growing demand for textiles from India and the increasing ease of exports with ecommerce, selling textile products internationally has become easy and seamless. Amazon Global Selling is an ecommerce exports program that enables textile exporters to take their products global by selling on 18+ international marketplaces in USA, UK, EU, UAE and more. With its growing community of 300 million+ customers across the globe, Amazon Global Selling assists you in making your export dreams come true.
Our initial concerns were the amount of investment required in marketing and supply chain to create awareness and trust for our brand. This was taken care of, thanks to our association with Amazon Global Selling.
Deepak MehrotraCo-founder, California Design Den

Register your business

First, you must register your textile export business with Amazon Global Selling. You don’t have to be an existing Amazon India seller. The registration can be done online on Seller Central. You’ll need the following documents to register:
IEC
• ID proof (Aadhar, driving license or passport)
• Business address proof (Bank statement)
• Credit card (internationally enabled)
Amazon seller registration

List your products

Once you have successfully registered to sell globally on Amazon, you can list your textile products. Remember to follow tips on how to list your products include attractive pictures and descriptions that’s clear to international customers. You can also seek help from third party service providers.
How to list your products on Amazon

Ship & receive payments

Once a customer places an order, you can choose to deliver by yourself or you can opt for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). Under FBA, Amazon takes care of shipping, delivery, returns and customer concerns. Once a customer purchases your product, Amazon credits the money in your bank account in the currency of your choice.
Amazon FBA

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the textile products that can be exported from India?
Apparel including ethnic wear, kids wear, cotton textiles, handwoven apparel, woolen and silk textile, home textile and kitchen linen are some of the top textile products exported from India.
How can I export textile from India?
You can start a textile export business with Amazon Global Selling by registering in a few simple steps and submitting KYC documents. Once registered, you can list on 18 international marketplaces and ship your products safely with Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) across the world.
Published on October 20, 2021.

Sources:
1. https://www.ibef.org/uploads/industry/Infrographics/large/Textiles-and-Apparel-Infographic-June-2021.pdf
2. https://www.ibef.org/industry/textiles.aspx
3. https://www.meity.gov.in/esdm/pli
4. https://www.statista.com/statistics/236403/value-of-the-leading-global-textile-importers-by-country/
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