“As per indications available from the markets of different states, as of now there seems to be an expect decline of about 30 per cent in consumption of Chinese products on this Diwali in comparison to last year which in itself would be a strong indication to China and other countries as far as the consumption of Chinese goods in India is concerned,” the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement.
CAIT said that the social media has once again prove its strength as the call of boycotting Chinese products this Diwali festive season circling around social media since last fortnight have made its inroads in the houses as well prompting even children and women not to use China made products on ensuing Diwali festive season.
However, the body clarified that boycotting of Chinese products at this stage is not going to affect China since on every season, the goods are usually imported 2-3 months before.
“The Chinese stocks are already piled up in the Country and it will be a situation of loss to our own traders and countrymen. However, if the sentiments are so strong, the consumers have to come forward and make their intent very clear since it is a consumer driven market and as a result of which it is expected that the following season of Christmas and New Year may see a sharp fall in imports from China,” National President, B. C. Bhartia and Secretary General, Praveen Khandelwal said in a press note.
Undoubtedly India is a big market for Chinese products and over the years import of toys, furniture, building hardware, crackers, lighting and electric fittings, furnishing fabric,office stationary, electronic appliances, consumer electronics, kitchen equipment & appliances, gift items, watches etc from China has increased to a great extent.
Chinese products are generally low in price having availability in bulk coupled with different variety is the root cause of infiltration of Chinese goods in the Indian market, the report said.
The body further said that beside international issues of importance, many other incidental issues are attached to it and it has to be looked in totality and not in isolation. China is one of the major investors in India.