Textile Briefs International

1.  According to the Annual Report 2016-17 of the Ministry of Textiles,  Indian textile sector registered $194 million FDI inflows in 2013-14, that has trebled in the fiscal year 2016-17 as the sector managed to receive $619 million FDI inflows during this period.

2.  Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labour across the border. The clothes made in North Korea are labelled "Made in China" and exported across the world.

3.  Indian garment shipment to the US, the country's single largest export destination, declined 7.47% year-on-year to US$ 5.2 billion in 2016-17 largely because of higher duty, longer lead-time and lower prices.

4.  The EU, which is Sri Lanka's biggest export destination, absorbing 36% of total shipments, reinstated the country into the GSP Plus program in mid-May, removing import tariffs on more than 6,000 products, including clothing.

5.  Vietnam’s textile and garment export turnover has reached $12 billion this year, representing a modest increase of 9% compared to the same period last year. The current figure is a three-year low and much lower than the 19% growth rate last year.

6.  Islamic clothing market nowadays presents the rapidly expanding niche. Big brands are trying to present their collections related to Muslim religious observances, however, without any visible attempts to single handily secure the Muslim customers in Western countries leaving the space for the emerging young designers mainly from Muslim states.

7.  The export of Indian readymade garments increased from the US US$ 16.21 billion in 2014-15 to the US $17.09 billion in 2016-17, whereas in the same period the export of cotton textiles, man-made textiles, silk, wool and woollen textiles, and handloom and jute products witnessed a decline.

8.  Indonesia is cotton USA's fourth-largest market after China, Turkey and Mexico. Sales in Indonesia range between US$300 million and $600 million a year, according to Cotton Council International (CCI).

9.  There are more than 400 companies in Myanmar’s garment sector which together employ over 400,000 people. These companies together fetched export earnings of US $2.2 billion last year, beating estimates of US $2 billion. Currently, garment exports account for around 16% of total export earnings by Myanmar.


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