India's scrapping of quantitative restrictions (QR) earlier this year has led to the country being swamped by clothing and textile imports while exports of such products have fallen sharply, figures released on Thursday revealed.

According to the director-general of commercial intelligence and statistics, (DGCI&S), imports surged by 21.63 per cent while exports declined by 22.06 per cent (both in dollar terms) in April-June compared to the previous corresponding period

Total exports were estimated at $2,096 million against $2,689m while imports were placed at $172m against $141m. Imports of ready-made garments rose by 234 per cent, from $3.11m to $10.42m, while those of cotton yarn and fabrics increased by 55.13 per cent from $6.95m to $10.79m in the corresponding period.

Exports of cotton yarn, fabrics and made-ups fell from $953.30m to $690.25m, while those of woollen yarn, fabrics, made-ups etc declined by 19.58 per cent from $16.88m to $13.57m. Cotton and wool garment exports also fell, by 18.97 per cent from $1,038.09m to $841.19m and by 12.52 per cent from $70.39m to $61.57m, respectively.

The United States remained the main destination for India's clothing and textile products as it imported nearly 25 per cent of its total garment and textiles output. As for India's imports, China, the United Arab Emirates and Chinese Taipei and Nepal all had a substantial share of the market.

The figures were released as India attempts to secure the same kind of trade concessions and duty-free benefits granted to Pakistan by the US and the European Union in recent weeks for their co-operation in military action in Afghanistan.