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Gamarra businessmen deny the increase in clothing prices due to the application of safeguards

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The Multisectoral Commission, made up of the Ministries of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Economy and Finance, and Production, must decide whether or not to apply a safeguard provisional to imported clothing.

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If the Executive chooses to apply them “it will cause an increase in clothing prices hitting,” said the Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (Comex) it’s a statement.

In contrast, Susana Saldaña, president of the Gamarra Peru Business Association, once again defended the imposition of safeguards, considering it “a legitimate demand of the textile-clothing sector for 15 years.”

The leader also mentions that about 97% of the clothing in the Peruvian market is imported and the rest is completed with national production.

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However, the problem of not applying the safeguardsFor Saldaña, it not only implies a blow to the local industry due to the excess of clothes bought from abroad, it would also compromise the job stability of many Peruvians.

“The damage is not only to the national industry due to the over-importation of clothing. The decision that President Castillo and the Multisectoral Commission can help the national industry not disappear; and that a million families nationwide are left without jobs”, Saldaña referred to this medium.

They reject “threats”

Asked about the issue, Edward Raymundo, president of the Federation of Employers of Gamarra (Fedegama), classified as a threat the forecasts of Comexregarding an increase in the cost of clothing.

“It is a threat from a sector of importers who bring devalued clothing and are concerned about it, but do not think about the country’s economy or entrepreneurs,” he said.

In this sense, Raymundo specified that in times of pandemic, importers did bring garments by the millions, while they were limited by the stoppage.

“The national manufacturing market did not produce anything throughout the pandemic, while they have entered 35 million garments. And they (Comex) know that, they buy each item of clothing for US$5 and sell it for more,” he pointed out.

Saldaña, for his part, criticized that it is the unions that are anticipating possible demands from nations “affected” by the measure.

“No union can threaten the country, by saying that other countries are going to sue us, that governments can do, it is not up to us. We have done the technical defense and it has been shown as part of the investigation, which Indecopi is doing, and that is what corresponds (apply the safeguards)”, he exclaimed.

It should be remembered that, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO), safeguard measures are defined as “urgent” measures that are applied when the increase in imports of certain products has caused or threatens to cause serious damage to the domestic industry.

“If they want to raise prices because they do not want to earn less, it is their decision, they are fully entitled, it is market freedom and here we have to compete and that is what we do, but we do it in unequal conditions,” he said.

Source: Larepublica

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