Exports of ready-made garment to quota countries surged 20 per cent last month in value terms to $379 million with exports to the US up more than 50 per cent in terms of quantity, new data revealed on Monday.

Figures from the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) showed that in July ready-made clothing exports climbed 15.4 per cent in quantity terms to 93.6 million pieces, despite a 16 per cent fall in exports to Canada.

AEPC added exports to the EU rose 3.4 per cent in terms of quantity and 22.7 per cent in value terms last month, with exports in the first four months of 2002 up around nine per cent in both terms to 376.6 million pieces worth $1.4 billion.