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Myanmar Apparel Exports in Jan-Sep 2016 Country Report

Apparel exports from Myanmar have continued surging in 2016, thanks to strong demand from Japan, Germany and also the United States, although from a lower level. The political liberalization and the removal of US sanctions are further boosting foreign investment in clothing production, with textile materials being mostly imported from China. Our statistical tables provide a comprehensive view of latest export trends with data over Jan-Sep 2012-16 per destination. Detailed EU and US import data per category of products over Jan-Sep 2016 are also available.

Myanmar's apparel exports have continued to soar in the past year, although from very low levels.

According to local reports, apparel shipments would have surged about 150% in dollar terms.

Exports to the largest market Japan have more than doubled in the first three quarters of 2016 whereas shipments to Germany were rising 45% only.

Exports to Korea have stagnated but exports to the US market have nearly doubled.

The political liberalization after a long period under the military dictatorship has led to November 2015 elections whereas sanctions were lifted by Washington.

After being reduced to nothing by a total ban on apparel imports from Burma, US buying activity is rapidly recovering, although still far below EU's imports.

Sales to the European Union benefit from the duty-free access, Myanmar being one of the poorest country on earth.

However, the rules of origin under the related EBA provision of the GSP regime may limit the duty-free eligibility, as most materials used in clothing production are from abroad, and more precisely from China.

The low level in local wages is actually behind the boom in sales to EU and US markets where buyers are looking for cheaper and however reliable sources.

With many Burmese plants being built by Chinese investors, Myanmar already enjoys strong credibility.

EU's apparel imports have therefore surged from 112 million euros in 2012 to 423 million in 2015, accounting for 80% of total imports from Myanmar.

The special economic zones built on the sea offer reduced transportation costs whereas foreign investors are being granted a wide range of financial and fiscal advantages.

The country is expected to continue supporting its apparel industry in order to help migrant workers find a job.

Employment in clothing plants could jump from 400,000 in 2016 to 1.5 million in a few years.

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