Exports of ready-made garments were down 3.4 per cent in the period from April 2000 to March 2001, said the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC). Around 1,392.5 million pieces valued at $5.3bn were exported. Exports to the US, the major market for the Indian apparel, amounted to 297.7 million pieces valued at $1.9bn, representing an increase of 5.98 per cent in terms of volume and 16.38 per cent in terms of value when compared to April-March 1999-2000.