Garment and textile exports to two of Vietnam's key overseas markets, Japan and Taiwan, fell sharply in the first four months of 2002, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Apparel and fibre exports to Japan fell 20 per cent to $38 million compared to 2001, while orders to Taiwan contracted 24 per cent, figures from the ministry of trade showed.
Vietnam earned $608m from garment and textile exports in the January-April period - up 5.4 per cent from 2001. The EU was in its biggest customer as it bought textiles worth $160m. It was followed by Japan ($152m), the US ($82m) and Taiwan ($65m).

Vietnam aims to export textiles worth $2.5 billion this year - up 20 per cent from last year and around 10 per cent of the country's total export turnover.