Maquila Companies in Honduras and the FTA with Canada

The Honduran maquiladora industry is increasingly benefiting from the agreement which stimulates and protects Canadian investments coming into the country.

Monday, November 11, 2013

This industry has shown great optimism after the approval of the trade agreement. "We will have several advantages," says Daniel Facussé, president of the Honduran Maquila Association (AHM).

" ... This industry is one of the main beneficiaries of the treaty because it not only promotes bilateral trade, but also stimulates and protects Canadian investments which will be coming into the country," noted an article in

For several years the Canada company Gildan has been operating in Honduras, and it is one of the world's largest textile companies. According to Facussé, this year in 2013 projection are that maquila exports will reach $3.3 billion. "These exports are the highest we've had, with a growth of 4.5 % compared with 2012. Projections for 2014 are growing at the same rate," he added .

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