Vietnam’s textile-garment heavily relies on imported fabrics hinh anh 1Vietnam’s textile-garment heavily relies on imported fabrics. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s textile-garment industry still relies heavily on imported materials, with domestic producers importing 86 percent of their fabrics, according to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS).

The Ministry of Trade and Industry revealed that the country imported 3.3 million USD worth of fabrics in the first four months of 2017, up 6.75 percent from the same period last year, largely because Vietnamese-made fabrics are still below the standards of foreign markets.

The fabrics were mostly originated from Asian countries, with China accounting for 52 percent of the imports.

Once the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement comes into force, the EU will eliminate tariffs on textile and garment products from Vietnam. However, the agreement will impose long transition phase of up to 7 years for textiles and garments as it is among products sensitive to EU producers.

Furthermore, the strict rules-of-origin scheme will likely stop Vietnamese manufacturers from immediately benefiting from the deal. Vietnam will have to satisfy “double transformation” rules-of-origin in return for full-fledged tariff removal that requires weaving and sewing and all subsequent manufacturing stages to be carried out within Vietnam.

The move aims to cut inputs from suppliers in countries outside of the agreement.-VNA