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Vietnam textile exports to rise 11.5 per cent per year till 2020

According to the estimates by the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), the garment and textile sector in the country is expected to grow its exports by an average of 11.5 per cent per year between now and 2020.

Vitas report said the sector is expected to generate export revenue of $27.5 billion this year, and increase this value to $31 billion next year and $45 billion to $50 billion by 2020. In the first nine months of this year alone, Vietnam's garment and textile exports totalled $20 billion, an increase of 10 per cent over the same period last year.

Vu Duc Giang, who elected Chairman of the Vitas at a congress last week, said that global integration will facilitate Vietnamese garment and textile products over the next five years. Tariffs for these products will reduce from 18 per cent to zero per cent following the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and from an average 11 per cent to zero per cent following the Viet Nam-European Union Free Trade Agreement.

The garment and textile exports to this market may hit $20 billion by 2025. Vietnam has been among the top 10 garment and textile exporters in the world for the last 10 years. Last year, it ranked fifth after China, Turkey, Bangladesh and India.

The country exports its products to 180 countries and territories, with the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea being major markets. It is also exploiting emerging markets such as Russia and Australia.