Nearly 70 per cent of all Peruvian garment exports were destined to the US in the first six months of 2017, according to Association of Peruvian Exporters (Adex). Brazil, Chile, Germany, Canada, Argentina, France, Colombia, the UK and Italy were other importers of Peruvian apparel, which included cotton t-shirts, shirts, vests and knitted dresses.
During January-June 2017, US imported approximately $300 million worth of Peruvian garments, accounting for 68.6 per cent of all Peruvian garment shipments during the period.
US apparel imports during the first half of 2017 declined by 5.2 per cent over the corresponding period of last year. However, Peru’s shipments to the US during the same period increased 0.2 per cent, which is a positive sign.
Peru’s textile and apparel industry employs more than 250,000 persons. Peru is currently on the 21st position in terms of value of apparel supplied to the US.