More Italian firms invest in Vietnamese textile industry hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

- More and more Italian textile firms are investing in Vietnam to take advantage of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and export to the European market, experts said.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said the EVFTA has opened up many opportunities for the two countries’ businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, trade with Italy was worth 5.3 billion USD last year, up 13.71 percent year-on-year, as exports jumped by 18.46 percent to 3.44 billion USD.

The EVFTA, effective from August this year, is expected to help Vietnam’s textile and garment industry increase exports to the EU by 67 percent by 2025, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Textile, garment and footwear will be among the industries benefiting the most with their exports increasing by 13.49 billion euros (15.23 billion USD) by 2035.

The EVFTA promises apparel export potential of more than 100 billion USD annually.

But to enjoy preferential tariffs, besides meeting strict quality criteria, Vietnamese businesses must also strictly comply with origin requirements. The rules of origin apply from fabric onwards, meaning exports to the EU must use fabric produced in Vietnam, the EU or countries that have FTAs with both.

This is still a weak point for the Vietnamese textile and garment industry because most of its raw materials are imported from countries that have not signed trade deals with the EU./.