New Markets for Guatemalan Textiles

Since March, Colombia and Venezuela have become new markets for Guatemalan textiles.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Exports since March to these countries have totaled $ 23.1 million.

Ligia Barrios, marketing coordinator of Costume and Textiles Committee (Vestex) of the Guatemalan Exporters Association, explained to, "... that even though sales are still low compared with those made to EE.UU., Central America and Mexico, the aim is open new markets.”

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Guatemala: Textile Exporters Regain Levels

February 2012

Businessmen say that clothing and textiles have regained the export levels of pre 2008-2009, when sales plummeted by 30%.

The president of the Garment and Textile Committee (Vestex), Carlos Arias, said that in 2008 and 2009 the industry saw sales drop by 30%. This meant that 15,000 people lost their jobs.

Guatemala: Apparel Exports Up 27% in April

May 2010

In April, Guatemala exported $82 million more textile goods than in the same period of 2009.

78.1% of them went to the United States, 17% to Central America and the rest to other countries such as Mexico and Canada.

Data from Vestex, the Textile and Apparel Commision, shows that apparel exports have been recovering sustainably since November 2009, after several years of negative growth.

Improved Outlook for Guatemalan Apparel Industry

April 2010

In the first quarter of the year, apparel exports to the U.S. were 30% higher than the same period of 2009.

Data from Vestex (Apparel and Textile Commision) shows that between January and March, this industry exported $294.2 million, 30% more than the same period of 2009, when it sold $225.4 million.

Guatemala: 12.7% Increase in Textile Exports

May 2009

During the month of April 2009, there were $87.4 million exported to the US, Guatemala’s main trading partner, 12.7% higher than what was exported in March.

Alejandro Ceballos, president of the Committee of Textiles and Clothing (VESTEX), believes that the sector will show greater recovery in July, when the strong season will begin in the US for the sector.

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