Garment sector set to miss $31b target

September, 20/2016 - 08:00

The garment and textile sector will be hard pressed to achieve its export turnover target of US$31 billion this year due to a lack or orders. 

A garment and textile production line for export at the Bắc Giang Garment Joint Stock Corporation. Photo VNA/VNS Trần Việt
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The garment and textile sector will be hard pressed to achieve its export turnover target of US$31 billion this year due to a lack or orders. Therefore, the target must be lowered to $29 billion, said Trương Văn Cẩm, deputy chairman of Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS).

Cẩm said the current order shortage could result in the decade’s lowest growth level of 4.3 per cent.

In the first eight months of the year, export turnover of garment and textile products reached $18.7 billion, meeting 64.5 per cent of the annual target.

Hưng Yên Garment Joint Stock Corporation has 13 businesses with more than 14,000 labourers. The corporation targeted an export turnover of $280 million, but by the end of last month had only reached $160 million, posting a 10-per cent drop compared to last year.

Nguyễn Xuân Dương, chairman of the corporation’s management board, told the online newspaper that his firm had enough orders for this month, but in previous years the number of contracts at this time was usually enough for production  until the end of the year.

In addition, the exchange rate and salary policies have made prices higher 2-4 per cent higher than those of textiles from other countries. The increasing production costs, limited orders and pressure by exporters to reduce selling prices have placed a burden on ther corporation, Dương said.

He added that the exchange rate of the Vietnamese đồng had not been adjusted for years, while the currencies of other countries were devalued by 18-20 per cent, making their products 20 per cent cheaper than Vietnamese ones.

Importers asked us to lower selling prices by 18-20 per cent, even 30 per cent. However, several still found partners from other countries, he said.

Several other garment and textile firms have also received small orders until the end of the third quarter of the year.

Hoàng Vệ Dũng, chairman of the Đức Giang Garment and Textile Corporation’s management board, said obtaining orders had become more complicated, demanding higher quality and advancing delivery deadlines.

VITAS’s deputy chairman Cẩm said domestic garment and textile firms should discuss wiith each other the difficulties in competing with foreign companies.

“We asked our member companies to avoid internal competition while enhancing co-operation to share orders. The local firms should strive to reach the export turnover of around $2.66 billion a month in the year-end months to meet the whole year’s target,” he added.

The sector will need basic and synchronous investments to not only overcome difficulties and ensure sustainable and fast growth. — VNS