Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
– Export revenue of the garment and textile
sector surged 21.2 percent year on year in the first five months of 2021 to
about 15.2 billion USD, according to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel
The association reported that fibre and yarn exports during
January-May soared by 60.1 percent year-on-year to 2.1 billion USD, while that of
fabrics also increased 26.4 percent to 947 million USD.
In the period, Vietnam spent more than 10.2
billion USD on importing materials for the garment and textile industry,
representing a 33.4 percent increase over the same period in 2020.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade attributed
the growth to positive signals from the country’s major export markets as well
as domestic businesses’ effective utilisation of opportunities from free
trade agreements (FTAs) which have been signed and put in place.
The United States remained the largest importer of Vietnam’s
garment and textile products with a value of 6.02 billion USD, up 24.4 percent
from the same period in 2020 and accounting for 49.2 percent of the sector’s
Japan was the second largest customer with 1.31 billion USD (down
6.3 percent), followed by the European Union with 1.21 billion USD (up 14.7
percent) and the Republic of Korea at 1.07 billion USD (up 4.2 percent)./.