Garment exports to China show impressive growth

According to the statistics of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, import value of textile and garment materials from China reached nearly USD 9 billion last year, making up more than 42.7% of the country’s total imports and up more than 12% on last year. The value trade was nearly four times higher than that of the Republic of Korea and nearly five times higher than that of Taiwan (China) – the two major import markets of Vietnam in recent years. China and Vietnam are seen as chief rivals in many garment export markets. China’s textile and garment exports have hit USD 260 billion annually, while Vietnam’s apparel products were initially exported to the Chinese market, rising to over USD 31 billion last year. Photo: dntm.vn The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) forecasts that it will be easier for the association to ship greater numbers to China from 2018 as a result of drastic growth in Chinese, Russian and Cambodian markets. Especially, exports to China account for a relatively meager 3% of the country’s total textile and garment export value. Vu Duc Giang, Vitas president, has analyzed the contributory factors to the increase and concluded that Vietnam’s fiber exports to China benefit greatly from a zero percent tariff under the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, while products from other markets such as India and Pakistan are subject to duties of 3-5%. In addition, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN and the six countries of China, the ROK, Japan, India,… [Read full story]

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