A garment industry official on Wednesday reported a huge 70 per cent year-on-year rise in apparel exports to the EU, with trousers, shirts and knitted products most in demand.

Pham Xuan Hong, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Textile, Garment, Embroidery and Knitwear Association, said garment exports to the EU have soared in the past two months.

He attributed the surge in orders to limited EU garment quotas for China. "Many contracts have been transferred to Vietnam from China because quotas for the latter are more restricted," Hong told The Saigon Times Daily.

He added many of the city's larger companies are running at full capacity in order to cope with the sub-contracts and some have even transferred part of their orders to smaller producers.