Cambodia’s garment exports to the US grew by 25 per cent from January 2022 to September 2022. c Trousers and shirts constituted the biggest chunk of Cambodia’s shipments to the US with a share of 31 percent of the total exports during the period this year. Along with jerseys, trousers and shorts contributed more than half of the total exports. Jerseys contributed 21 percent in the same period. Both products collectively made up for a 52 percent share of the total imports by the US.
The other top items were babywear (eight percent), nightwear (seven percent), shirts (four percent), T-shirts (three per cent), innerwear (three percent), dresses (three percent), coats (two percent) and swimwear (one percent).
Cambodia’s garment exports to the US have maintained a healthy growth year after year, which was not even dampened by the Covid-pandemic. The US is Cambodia’s largest export market, accounting for over 40 percent of Cambodia’s total exports. Apparel, footwear, and travel goods make up most of the US imports from Cambodia and employ over one million Cambodians, mostly women. The US and Cambodia meet regularly under the 2006 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, which provides a platform for addressing bilateral and multilateral economic issues.