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3 Aug 2023

Andrea E. San Juan, Business Mirror

Philippines: Apparel brand pulls out orders from the Philippines to Vietnam affecting thousands of workers

"European apparel brand moves out PHL orders, shifts to Vietnam", 3 August 2023

A MAJOR European apparel brand has pulled out its orders from the Philippines and is transferring the orders to Vietnam because Vietnam has a free trade agreement with the European Union, according to the Confederation of Wearables Exporters of the Philippines (Conwep).


The Conwep official attributed the pullout of orders from the Philippines to the fact that Vietnam has an FTA with Europe and Cambodia, having an “[Everything But Arms] EBA thing.”

Moreover, Jocson-Agoncillo divulged that the diversion of orders from the Philippines to its neighboring countries is affecting the local garments sector, adding that, “about 4,800 to 6,000 workers are being affected” by this issue.