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6 Apr 2023

Thi Ha, VnExpress

Vietnam: Garment factories 'run out of orders' from buyers amid economic crisis, offering below-cost prices to retain business

"Garment enterprises run out of orders", 6 April 2023

Many garment enterprises only have orders for until April, whereas at this time last year they already had enough to keep them busy for at least two quarters.

The production manager at a textile enterprise in HCMC’s Thu Duc City said last year his company had to pick and choose orders to sign contracts, but now has orders only for this month.

Cao Huu Hieu, general director of the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), said the situation in the first few months of this year has been very bad. The values of many orders were reduced by 2-3%...

Pham Xuan Hong, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Textile and Garment - Embroidery Association, said major markets such as the U.S. and Europe have not shown signs of recovery...

Tuan said his company is accepting orders at low prices, even below cost, to keep its customers and employees.

"We expect the market will recover in the second half of the year to compensate for the first."

In Vinatex’s case, the group is planning to ensure there are cash flows and feedstock for when the market eventually picks up.

It is reducing redundant processes and seeking modern technologies for smart production with low costs but high productivity...

Garment exports for January-March fell 17.4% from a year earlier to $7.2 billion, according to the General Statistics Office.