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June 23, 2021

Vietnam records boost in garment, textile exports

Vietnam saw earnings from the export of textile and garments grow 15% in the first five months of the year new figures show.

By Michelle Russell

Published by Xinhua, citing data from the country’s General Statistics Office, Vietnam’s exports reached over US$12.2bn between January and May.

For the month of May alone, Vietnam saw a 35.1% increase year-on-year in the export of textile and garments to around $2.6bn.

The US, the European Union (EU) and Japan were named as the three key importers of Vietnam’s textiles and garments. An increase in the price of input materials, however, is lowering the profits of local firms exporting in this category, according to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association.

In 2020, Vietnam recorded an export turnover of $29.5bn from textile and garment products. This was down 10.2% from 2019, according to the General Statistic Office.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is expected to take advantage of opportunities from Free Trade Agreements to find solutions to develop markets and remove barriers to enter new markets for Vietnam’s manufacturers, as well as prioritise the implementation of export promotion activities and export markets likely to recover from the pandemic in the near term, the report stated.

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