January 21: Global import of slide fastner in 2018 was worth US$ 3.02 billion (Rs 343 billion), according to ITC Trademap. Countries like Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia which has emerged as big producers of ready-made garments are the chief importers of slide fastners. Nepal had also started exporting slide fastners some time ago but has not been able to do so at present due to lack of encouragement.
According to the Trade and Export Promotion Centre, Nepal exported slide fastners worth Rs 8.5 million to the Netherlands in 2012/13. Nepal can still find a good market worldwide if the industry is revived. However, the country needs to produce high-quality slide fastners.