Export earnings cross $30b in FY14 riding on RMG

Fall $323m short of target due to poor May, June data

03Country’s export earnings in the just concluded financial year 2013-14 stood at $30.17 billion, $323.2 million short of the government-set target, showed the Export Promotion Bureau data released on Thursday.
The year on year export earnings growth registered an 11.65-per cent riding on the moderate growth of readymade garment export by 13.83 per cent.
Experts said that the export earnings in the just concluded financial year fell by 1.06 per cent from the target of $30.50 billion as the earnings in June registered a poor growth of 3.50 per cent.
Terming the export earnings growth in June as uncomfortable, Policy Research Institute executive director Ahsan H Mansur told New Age that the overall export earnings growth was satisfactory.
‘The growth rate in June is uncomfortable but its not deep concern. We will have to find out the reason of poor growth in the month and to take step for next months,’ he said.
The export earnings in June totalled $2.70 billion which is 8.65 per cent lower than the government-set target of $3.06 billion.
‘Though the country fail to achieve its target of export earnings, the 11.65 per cent growth amid political unrest and tragic incident in the garment sector is satisfactory,’ Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies research director Zaid Bakth told New Age.
He said that the export growth in the last two months of the FY14 witnessed a slowdown compared with that in the first 10 months of the fiscal year as the export earnings growth in non-RMG products was continuing to show a decreasing trend.
Zaid said that the export earnings fell 1.06 cent short of target due to political instability.
According to the EPB data the earnings from RMG that included woven and knitwear increased by 13.83 per cent to $24.49 billion in the FY14 from $21.51 billion in the FY13.
Knitwear export grew by 15.02 per cent in the FY14 to $12.04 billion from 10.47 billion in the FY13.
The export of woven garments grew by 12.70 per cent to $12.44 billion in the FY14 from $11.03 billion in the FY13.
The export of woven garments surpassed its target by 1.03 per cent as the export target was $10.92 billion in the FY13.
Frozen foods export grew by 17.35 per cent to $638.19 million in the FY14 from $543.84 million in the FY13.
Leather export grew by 26.47 per cent to $505.54 million in the FY14 from $399.73 million in the FY13 while the footwear export totalled $550.11 million with a growth of 31.19 per cent.
The export earnings from agricultural products totalled $615.08 million with a 14.81-per cent growth.
Home textile export grew by 0.13 per cent to $792.53 million in the FY14 from $791.52 million in the FY13.
The export earnings from leather product amounted to $240.09 million with a 48.55-per cent growth.
The export of jute and jute products fell by 20.00 per cent to $824.49 million in the FY14 from $1.03 billion in the FY13.
The export earnings from engineering products including iron steel, copper wire, stainless steel ware, engineering equipment, electric products and bicycle amounted to $366.63 million with a 0.23-per cent negative growth.



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