BSS-34 EU buyers turn to Bangladeshi ceramics





EU buyers turn to Bangladeshi ceramics

DHAKA, March 10, 2019 (BSS) – Buoyed by boosting export to the European
markets, ceramic items of Bangladesh registered 127 percent growth in foreign
currency earning.

Top buyers of European Union (EU) and other countries have started to move
to Bangladesh for ceramic items that pushed export earnings of the sectors to
a healthy growth of $ 5.65 crore in the first eight months of the current
fiscal, according to statistics of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

Talking to BSS, Bangladesh Ceramic Manufacturers and Exporters Association
(BCMEA) General Secretary Irfan Uddin said China is leading the global
ceramic market, especially in the EU markets, but Bangladesh is now expanding
its stake.

“China used to export ceramic items paying 12 percent duty which has been
hiked recently that made Chinese ceramic costlier and has paved the way for
Bangladeshis ceramic,” he added.

Referring to Bangladesh’s duty free access to EU market, Irfan Uddin also
director of FARR Ceramics said: “If we grab the opportunity, it will be a big
boost for our industry.”

He hoped that the export earnings would exceed $ 10 crore after the end of
the fiscal.

Industry insiders said different factories are running operation in full-
swing for getting work orders from foreign buyers and most of the companies
have received work order for one year.

At present, 20 companies are running operation in large scale to produce
clay jars, clay flower pot, tiles, sanitary ware, tableware, bathroom
fittings, dinner sets, tea sets, coffee mug, clay jewelry etc.

Bangladeshi ceramic items are being exported to over 50 countries
including USA, China, Japan, Poland, India, Indonesia, Croatia, Romania,
Turkey, Russia, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, Australia and UK

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