Manufacturers of apparel in the country have welcomed the hike in customs duties for several apparel products announced by the Govt. of India. In a Statement Rahul Mehta, President, The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), stated that the Announcement made on 7th August 2018 has doubled the customs duties for a large number of products in the apparel and carpets sectors. Mehta thanked the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani for accepting the industry’s recommendations which will bring relief to the domestic apparel industry and encourage domestic manufacturing & boost job creation.