Fibres and Yarns

SIMA welcomes extension of time for Polyester Spun Yarn and Filament Yarn Quality Control Orders

Published: April 4, 2023

The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers had issued Quality Control  Orders mandating BIS certification for import and also for domestic sale of  polyester fully drawn yarn, polyester partially oriented yarn, polyester  industrial yarn, 100% polyester spun yarn and polyester staple fibre. Though  BIS standards are already available for around 1500 textiles and clothing  products, it was only optional for any manufacturer and buyer to adopt the  standards and mostly these standards were used only as a guideline. The  Government has taken a decision to issue Quality Control Order with the  mandate of BIS certification for various textile products to protect the interest  of consumers, ensure production of higher quality products and also prevent  import of sub-standard MMF raw materials that affect the competitiveness of  indigenous MMF fibre and filament yarn manufacturers. 

The industry across the value chain has difficulties in obtaining BIS  certificate within the prescribed time. Predominantly, the MSME nature of  spinning mills manufacturing 100% Polyester Staple Fibre Yarn find it difficult  to establish the prescribed testing equipment within the factory as per the  guidelines of the BIS. The Hon’ble Minister of Textiles has advised the BIS to  establish testing laboratories in all the major clusters and also give  accreditation for the various private/ government/ quasi-government testing  laboratories across the country to enable the MSME textile units to test the  products and comply with the guidelines of BIS. There are several niche raw  materials that are not manufactured in the country for which the users find it  difficult to convince the suppliers to obtain the BIS certification owing to limited  volume. These raw materials are essential to meet the demands of the  buyers in the international market and also in the domestic market.  Therefore, the industry has been requesting the Government to give time  extension for the implementation of QCO. Consequently, the Ministry of  Chemicals and Fertilizers have extended time for four QCOs viz., polyester  fully drawn yarn, polyester partially oriented yarn, polyester industrial yarn and  100% polyester spun yarn till 2nd July 2023. 

In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.Ravi Sam, Chairman, The  Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has thanked the Hon’be Union  Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers , Dr. Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Hon’ble  Union Minister of Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal for considering the genuine plea  of the industry and giving time extension for the aforesaid products. Mr.Ravi  Sam has appealed to the suppliers of these raw materials and yarn  manufacturers to obtain the BIS certification on a fast track so that appeal for  further extension could be avoided. He has also requested the BIS to  expedite the process of certification on a fast track to avoid any disruption in  the manufacture, cancellation of export orders and its consequential impact.  Mr.Ravi Sam has also appealed to the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles to give a similar time extension for Viscose Staple Fibre as BIS is yet to provide BIS  certification for the suppliers from over 20 countries. He added that certain  raw materials are manufactured only in certain countries like China, Egypt,  Austria, etc. For example Bamboo fibre is manufactured only in China which  is predominantly used for the production of medical textiles including baby  wear, mother wear, socks, intimate garments for diabetic patients and India  has established itself both in the international and domestic markets by  manufacturing import substitution. 

SIMA Chairman has requested the Government to give separate HSN  Codes for all the MMF fibres and filament yarns that are not manufactured in  the country and thereby enable exempting such goods from the mandatory  BIS certification to enable Ease of Doing Business.

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