Haiti expects to export US$ 1.2 billion in garment in 2014

Haiti had a good year in 2013 where garment export, a fast growing market for the nation, is concerned. The sales, totaling $800 million, were gathered from the sale of 20 million groups of T-shirts packed by the dozen and 1.5 million jeans packaged in the same way, among other things. With the standard so high, the country sets its cap further, hoping to export $1.2 billion USD for their 2014 period.


Last year the exports included products such as cotton trousers, suits, innerwear and other outerwear to buyers such as Walmart, Hanes, Gildan, Levy's, Target, Fruit-of-the-Loom and Kohl's. The desire now is to expand that reach and to have the Haitian garment industry permeating not just the United States and Canada, but also countries in Europe, Asia and South America.

The benefits of having this thriving industry go further than the potential billions of dollars in revenue; they extend into the realm of an important fiscal staple since it already employs thousands of Haitians who were, before, largely unemployed. The country's dependency on the industry is set to grow in tandem as the plan for an expanded production also includes the creation of 35,000 new jobs in the sector.

The plans, inarguably, already off to an auspicious start, are further assured by the fact that Haiti is located in a spot central to the major markets of Europe, Canada, the US and South America. Also in favor of the plans is the products' duty-free designation, the 'Made in Haiti' label enjoying good reception where rules of origin are concerned.

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