El Salvador: Canada as a Customer for the Textile Sector

To compensate for the loss of market which is expected once the Transpacific Agreement takes effect, the textile industry intends to resume FTA negotiations with the northern country.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A free trade agreement with Canada would allow the exporting textile companies to enter a market with high potential, since according to the executive director of Camtex, Patricia Figueroa, the country imports more than $14,000 million a year in textiles products and confection of synthetics such and towels, carpets, curtains and tablecloths. "

In 2012 negotiations between the two governments were frustrated after El Salvador was unable to meet certain requirements on labor and the environment that the Canadian government required in order to continue the process.

Elsalvador.com explains that "...El Salvador already sells to Canada about 1,470 textile and garment products worth $12 million, despite paying a tariff of 18%.  In 2015, total exports from El Salvador to Canada totaled $41.8 million."

"... Last year Canada bought $152.4 million worth worldwide in underwear, men and childrens pajamas, areas in which El Salvador exported more than $180 million worth to the United States that year."

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In the first half of the year sales of textiles and clothing totaled $1.247 billion, with a noteworthy annual increase of 21% in exports of textiles.

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