The Indonesian Textile Association (API) is seeking new export markets for textile and garment manufacturers in the country, in a bid to avoid anti-dumping levies imposed by its established markets of Turkey and Brazil.

API is directing its members to expand to markets like Russia and Syria to make up the shortfall.

Turkey has led dumping allegation on some Indonesian textile products since 2007, including yarn of man-made or synthetic or artificial staple fibers, such as rayon yarn and polyester yarn.

Its particular focus has been on three Indonesian companies named PT Polysindo Eka Perkasa, PT Indo Liberty Textiles and PT Yans Manunggal Jaya.

Brazil, meanwhile, accuses 29 Indonesian textile manufacturers of 'dumping' their rayon yarn in the country.

According to the API, Indonesia could lose US$40m worth of textile and garment exports to the Brazilian market and is eyeing alternative markets in the region, such as Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, or Bolivia.

In the first seven months of this year, Indonesia's textile and garment exports turnover was US$6.06bn, represented a year-on-year increase of 6.16%.

However, there is concern that this year's US$11bn turnover target is unlikely in the face of more dumping lawsuits at key markets, and the downturn of US imports.

By Ngo Tuan.