Garment exports to US near $10 billion

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015 08:30

Viet Nam's textile and garment exports to the US are expected to gain much higher when the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) takes effect. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Total exports of textiles and garments from Viet Nam to the US gained a year-on-year increase of 11.7 per cent to US$9.88 billion from January to November 2015.

According to the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), during the 11 months, the export value to other major export markets of Viet Nam's textile and garment was also optimistic with $3.09 billion to the EU, $2.53 billion to Japan and $1.98 billion to South Korea.

Viet Nam's textile and garment exports to the US are expected to gain much higher when the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) takes effect.

Luong Hoang Thai, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Multilateral Trade Policy Department and the deputy head of Viet Nam's negotiator delegation at the TPP deal, said the tax value that Vietnamese textile, garment, leather and footwear exporters currently have to pay for the US, is higher than that of other TPP member countries, reported business news website

The local enterprises must pay a total tax value of $1.17 billion for exporting textile and garment products to the US market and of $300 million for exporting footwear products.

Therefore, Viet Nam was successful in negotiating with the US to reduce the tariff for Vietnamese textile, garment and footwear products from an average rate at 17 per cent to zero under commitments of the TPP, Thai said.

To join the zero tariffs, the local exporters must meet origin regulations from material for production under TPP agreement to prevent neighbouring countries from exporting their products to Viet Nam and then shipping to other countries, he said. The TPP agreement also has flexible mechanisms for Viet Nam in supplying material when Viet Nam does not yet have enough domestic material supply.

The General Department of Customs said the country's export value of textile and garment reached $20.6 billion in the first 11 months, reported Tuoi tre newspaper.

Therefore, the local textile and garment industry needs a total export value of $2.4 billion in December to meet the yearly target in textile and garment for this year at $23 billion.

Vinatex growth

The Viet Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), Viet Nam's largest textile and garment producer, was estimated to achieve a year-on-year export value of 10 per cent to $3.4 billion for this whole year.

Tran Viet, head of Vinatex's Legal and General Affairs Department said that at its press conference on production and business of the group this year held in Ha Noi yesterday.

However, the group's pre-tax profit was predicted to reach VND1.35 trillion ($60 million) for this year, similar to the rate in 2014, because depreciation of currencies in some other textile and garment exporting countries such as China, India and Indonesia affected Vinatex's production and business results in 2015, he said.

This year, the group's exports to major markets was expected to gain, including a growth rate at 12.95 per cent to the US, 5.96 per cent to the EU, 7.95 per cent to Japan and 8.77 per cent to South Korea against 2014.

The growth was due to positive production and business from large Vinatex's member companies, including Phong Phu Joint Stock Company, Hoa Tho Textile and Garment Joint Stock Corporation, and Viet Tien Garment Corporation, in addition to Garment 10 Corporation and Duc Giang Corporation.

With positive forecasts for domestic garment exports, Vinatex expected next year's growth of 8 per cent in its total revenue and 10 per cent in total export value against 2015.

Hoang Ve Dung, Vinatex's deputy general director, said signing of some free trade agreements this year would create a large wave of investment, especially foreign investment to Viet Nam as well as the local textile and garment industry, in future.

To receive the investment wave, the group has completed large projects on producing fibre, including Phu Hung Fiber Factory, Phu Cuong Fiber Factory, Nam Dinh Fiber Factory and Que Son textile and garment complex. — VNS

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