Garment exports rise 14% in first four months
HA NOI — Garments and textiles remained amongst the 10 biggest Vietnamese exports, reaching more than US$3.7 billion in the first four months, a year-on-year increase of 14.4 per cent, reported the General Statistics Office (GSO).
|Workers of Phu Thinh-Nha Be Garment Co in HCM City make clothes for export. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh
A report from the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) said that in this four-month period, garment and textile exports to South Korea increased by 50 per cent, to the US by 15 per cent, the EU by 3 per cent and by more than 30 per cent to Japan.
From February to April, exports added about $90-96 million to the industry's revenue each month.
Vitas said the growth in garment and textile exports were not from domestic companies, but those with foreign direct investment.
Vitas General Secretary Dang Phuong Dung said that foreign-invested companies maintained large orders via their parent companies located overseas.
Moreover, Dung added that many small companies had declared bankruptcy with their ex-employees scooped up by foreign-invested firms.
Vitas said that foreign-invested companies currently accounted for about 25 per cent of the domestic industry, their exports making up as much as 65 per cent of total turnover.
Dung affirmed that Vitas members recently received orders for the second quarter, but that difficulties remained due to high input costs and unchanged prices.
Currently, Vietnamese garment companies are trying to expand their presence in mainland China, South Korea, Angola, New Zealand, India and Russia while making efforts to find new markets.
This year, the industry aims to earn more than $15 billion from exports.
To reach this goal, the Ministry of Industry and Trade advised companies to lower their dependence on outsourcing orders.
Companies should buy raw materials, design, and develop products by themselves, it urged. — VNS