Textiles in El Salvador: Outlook for 2018

The textile guild has stated that 2017 closed with $2.6 billion in exports and an increase of almost 4%, and for this year it plans to achieve similar growth.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Chamber of the Textile, Clothing and Free Trade Zone (Camtex) exported $2.617 billion during the past year, $95 million more than the value of exports registered in the previous year.

See also "Clothing: Multi Million Dollar Business in Central America"

"... According to data from the union, last year the textile and clothing sector accounted for 45% of total Salvadoran exports. "This sector is the largest contributor of all exports from El Salvador," said CAMTEX's executive director Patricia Figueroa. Data from a report presented by the trade union indicates that the textile and clothing sector has a 43.5% share of employment in the manufacturing industry."

"... On the other hand, Patricia Figueroa once again called on the Ministry of Economy to try to achieve a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Canada. '... You have to take advantage of a golden opportunity you have with Canada.' CAMTEX has pointed out on several occasions that entering fully into the Canadian market could represent growth of 20% in the textiles and clothing industry.
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