Domestic polyester fibre and yarn manufacturers heave a sigh of relief due to the government’s decision to raise customs duty on their import to encourage Indian producers. The incerase in import duty is set to help restrict its annual import to the tune of $1.6 bn. To encourage domestic players, the government of India this week raised import duty on all polyester items in the value chain. With this, the basic customs duty on 76 textile and apparel items raised to 20 per cent from the existing 10 per cent. One of the main manmade fire fabrics tariff line included for increasing effective customs duty is other woven fabrics dyed containing 85 per cent or more by weight of textured polyester filaments including shirting, suitings and sarees.