Thailand’s apparel exports rose 9.1% in the first quarter 2011, according to Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA).

The latest figures show the country earned US$805.76m from apparel exports, with the US remaining the largest importing market, worth US$290.1m. Next is Japan, whose imports rose 13.6% to US$71.06m.

Shipments to Germany enjoyed the strongest growth, rising 29.75% to US$46.62m – making this the biggest EU market. Exports to Spain were worth US$45.29m (up 27.79%), France at US$38.21m (up 14.37%) and Belgium at US$25.13m (up 17.32%). In contrast, shipments to the UK fell 16.53% to US$39.59m.