According to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), textile and apparel exports in the first four months of this year exceeded US$8.1 billion, up 6.2 percent over the same period last year.
|A garment plant in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)|
Of which, garments exports topped $6.8 billion, an increase of 6.95 percent; staple fiber exports reached $824 million, an increase of 2.87 percent; raw materials exports were at $273 million, up 4.14 percent; whereas, nonwoven fabrics exports hit $145 million, down 3.97 percent.
Countries participated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership account for 65 percent of Vietnam’s total textile and apparel exports, with the US accounting for 48 percent, and Japan 12 percent. The EU market accounts for 15 percent and South Korea takes about 10 percent.
The representative of Vitas said that although the country’s raw materials exports bring in billions US dollar annually, several garment companies still have to import fabrics for manufacturing of export clothes. Vitas recommended that garment companies and raw material producers should strengthen connection and try each other’s products.
Raw materials producers should focus on meeting requirements for quality, quantity, competitive price, and delivery time. In long term, garment companies should shift from doing outsourcing to making products to export under FOB (free on board), ODM (original design manufacturer) or OBM (original brand manufacturer) modes and cut down exporting via intermediary. Thenceforth, garment and textile companies are able to meet the rules of origin under the TTP and FTA.