Vietnam Clothing Markets To Find The Right Suppliers

Vietnam Clothing Markets To Find The Right Suppliers

The race is on for clothing makers of Vietnam to find the right suppliers as its own textile mills only produce a fifth of the country’s needs today. With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement being negotiated Vietnam is seeing a wave of investment from foreign textile and garment manufacturers keen to cash in on the tax benefits of the upcoming TPP.

The agreement being negotiated by 12 countries, including the US, promises major tax cuts for Vietnam’s garment exports, but only if they use fabric made locally or in other TPP countries, which excludes China.

For the emerging country’s thousands of small and medium-sized garment makers, however, the benefits are less certain.

The 25 million garments produced every year at the Ho Guom Garment factory in Hanoi all bear the label “Made in Vietnam” but more than half the material used to make them comes from China as sourcing locally is tough and expensive.

Even some zippers, or some special raw materials are very difficult to find. Sometimes they have to contact Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, even China or Taiwan to get samples, so it takes a very long time, the factory’s vice-general director, Phi Ngoc Trinh said.

For years, Vietnam has focused on the far less capital intensive part of the global garment business: cutting and sewing the final product for export.