El Salvador: Textile Exports Decline

The Textile Industry Association reported a reduction of almost $17 million in value exported in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Figures from the Chamber of Textile, Apparel and Free Trade Zones (Camtex) indicate that exports from January to April totaled $816 million, down from $833 million exported in the same period in 2016.
See also: "The textile business in Central America Grows
In an article on Elsalvador.com, Patricia Figueroa, executive director of the Chamber, pointed out that "... for them the situation is worrying, since although it is true that the companies who already have a contract with El Salvador, for now, are not leaving, no new investments have been made in the country, in this category since 2009. "There is no growth and new investments are being made in other countries, not here, because we are perceived as a country where you can not predict the rules of the game, there is inconsistent legislation, increases (in the minimum wage) occur without any reflection of how they will impact on competitiveness'."
"... According to a report presented by Camtex, Guatemala recorded a growth of $6.4 million, equivalent to 2.7% and Nicaragua a growth of $5.2 million, equivalent to 4.7%, a positive outlook for these countries; however, El Salvador still has a lag of -2%."

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