El Salvador Wants to Sell More Raw Materials for Textiles

The sector's union says that the strategy focused on producing fabrics and yarns for export is already paying off, and they intend to continue in order to become the region's main supplier.

Friday, April 13, 2018

According to the Chamber of the Textile, Clothing and Free Trade Zone (Camtex), exports of raw materials from El Salvador have grown considerably in the last two years, as between 2016 and 2017 sales increased from $60,000 to $1.2 million.

See "Textile business growing in Central America"

Regarding this topic, Patricia Figueroa, executive director of Camtex, explained to Elsalvador.com that " ... 'becoming attractive in segments of the chain which we do not currently have, suppliers of raw materials and high-level clothing', is necessary in order to 'go abroad and show investors that El Salvador has clear rules'. "

She added that " ... there is still a need to reduce delivery times, improve the system of short runs and the synthetic cluster, and grow at least one percentage point in the pie of suppliers to the US market (currently the country sends 2% of US clothing imports)."

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El Salvador: The Top 5 Textile Exports in 2017

March 2018

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.

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%. 

Mixed Results for the Textile Industry in 2017

December 2017

Salvadoran textile companies report that between January and October exports of textiles and clothing grew by 3%, but the maquila sector went down by almost 9% compared to the same period in 2016.

Patricia Figueroa, executive director of the Chamber of the Textile, Clothing and Free Trade Zone (Camtex), explained to Laprensagrafica.com that "...

Salvadoran Textile Exports Rebound

October 2011

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

Data from the Central Reserve Bank shows that total exports reached $822.4 million up to August 2011.

"The executive director of the Chamber of the Textiles, Clothing and Free Zones (CAMTEX), Patricia Figueroa, said exports this year have already surpassed the levels recorded in 2008, which was considered to be an excellent year for the sector.

Salvadoran Textile Sector Grows 32%

January 2011

In 2010 the sector reported revenues of $ 1.793 million compared to $ 1.422 million in 2009.

Patricia Figueroa, director of the Chamber of Textile Apparel (CAMTEX), said they hope to continue growing in 2011 despite the increase in prices in raw materials, including cotton.

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