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Ivan Castano Freeman
Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman
Despite the wreckage wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, the country’s textile and garment exports are expected to rise 10% to roughly US$550m this year – as the bulk of the industry's factories are located outside its impact zone, industry executives have told just-style.
Mexico's textiles and apparel industry is restructuring following a 40% decline in exports since its 2002 heyday and the subsequent loss of more than 500,000 jobs, says Jose Manuel Martinez, general manager of clothing industry trade association Canaive.
Mexico’s textiles and apparel industry is violating workers’ basic rights including freedom to unionise, overtime and severance pay, according to the Human Rights Commission of Tehuacan, a major maquila hub in Puebla State two hours south of Mexico City.
El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will set out a 15-year growth strategy in December in a bid to lift its fortunes amid toughening competition from Asian nations and neighbouring Honduras.
Peru’s struggling textiles and apparel industry could lose thousands of jobs if the government fails to stem a flood of sub- or undervalued Asian imports, according to industry association Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI).
Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is expected to grow 13% to over $11bn this year – more than double last year's rate – driven by strong local demand and a small gain in exports.
A plan to transform Honduras into Central America's largest synthetics and value-added sportswear supplier faces training, financing and energy challenges, concedes Jesus Canahuati, the private sector's representative in the new 'Honduras 2020' development initiative.
Honduras is set to more than double apparel exports and production as part of a new $3.4bn development plan, according to a top industry executive.
Mexico is being urged to overhaul a newly expanded set of import reference prices US apparel makers say are hampering trade, causing delays and blocking much-needed fabric imports at a time when the country continues to lose market share to Vietnam and Central America.
Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) with the United States, and move to leverage the so-called staging categories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to boost its competitiveness, according to experts.
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