Slight Improvement in the Textile Business

Exports from the Costa Rican textile sector increased from $126 million in 2017 to $136 million last year, a behavior explained by sales of yarns and vinyl.

Friday, March 29, 2019

According to data from the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) of textile and apparel exports, the year-on-year increase of 8% recorded in 2018 represents a slight recovery, since between 2014 and 2017 a downward trend was reported.

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Nacion.com reviews that "... The National Association of Exporters of the Textile Industry (Aneit) explained that the upturn in 2018 has two reasons: the export of hemp from a Korean capital plant in Cartago, and the sale of vinyl by the company Proquinal. Vinyl has a fabric base, part of which is included in exports of textiles and apparel."

Miguel Schyfter, president of Aneit, explained that "... last year's rebound is presented specifically by these two companies in the textile branch, because the clothing item continues to fall in exports, although they have no specific data and Procomer classifies the category textiles and clothing", which includes the two areas without breakdown."

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Despite the adverse panorama faced by garment companies in Costa Rica, directors of companies such as Calcefiel, believe that they still remain in competition because they have technified their production and meet the conditions demanded by their customers abroad.

Regarding imports of textile inputs in the region, reports from CentralAmericaData detail that in the first six months of 2018 the main buyer of textile yarns and inputs in Central America was Guatemala, with $96 million, followed by El Salvador, with $94 million, Costa Rica, with $27 million, Nicaragua, with $24 million, Panama, with $12 million and Honduras, with $11 million.

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