Statistics from the Export Promotion Bureau have shown that locally produced woven fabrics make up just 10.70 per cent of the total required for garment exports to the EU and US.

Manufacturers now want special measures to be put into place by the government, including a central bonded warehouse and a good backward linkage industry.

Woven garments account for the largest share of ready-made garment export revenues.

During the last fiscal year, members of the Bangladesh Garment and Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) made $3528.07 million from woven garment exports and $1527.17m from knitwear.

Members of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters association made $10.01m from woven garment exports, and $620.85m from knitwear exports.

Although the EPB data shows a marginal increase in locally sourced woven fabrics, it is not enough to meet the industry's demand.

The plan to set up central bonded warehouses has been halted by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs over fears of more foreign shops opening and taking business away from local traders.