El Salvador: The Top 5 Textile Exports in 2017

According to the textile industry union, half of the $2.6 billion exported in 2017 corresponded to pullover sweaters, cotton t-shirts, cotton briefs, synthetic fiber t-shirts and synthetic socks.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Chamber of Textile, Clothing and Free Trade Zones of El Salvador (Camtex) reported that in 2017 the sector exported $2.617 million worth of clothes, $95 million more than was reported in 2016, which is equivalent to an interannual increase of 3.8%. 

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Elsalvador.com reports that "...According to data from Camtex, the Top 5 of the most exported products of the sector were, in first place, cotton t-shirts with $602 million (6% less than in 2016); followed by Pullover sweaters with $240.8 million (21% more); cotton underpants with $190.7 million (3% less); synthetic fiber t-shirts with $157.2 million (3% more) and synthetic material socks with $128.6 million (168% more). "

Regarding growth of the sector, executive director of Camtex, Patricia Figueroa, explained that " ... in the last 10 years the country has managed to migrate "little by little from having only maquila products" (cutting and assembly) to others of greater added value, it did so through a strategy that incorporated technology, product development, new foreign and national investments, development of specialty niches with synthetic and cotton clusters and vertical integration of the supply chain."

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In the first eight months of the year maquila exports reported an increase in volume of 22.3% and 10.9% in value.

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