Some urgent remedial measures are called for to rein in the sudden surge in imports of textile materials following the abolition of the countervailing duty and the special additional duty on these items, post GST. In the absence the country’s textile and clothing (T and C) exports face a bleak future. Already there are ominous signs, with the imports rising sharply by 20.48 per cent in January, December 2017 over the same period in 2016, as per the latest data available. Total exports of readymade garments, the major item in the textiles export basket have declined by 8.08 per cent during the same period. This has set the alarm bell ringing in the Union Finance Ministry to have a “relook” at the threat of cheaper imports of textile materials from neighbouring countries. The task of achieving the ambitious target of dollar 350 bn worth of business in the textile industry by 2020-25 will remain a pipedream.