Vietnam ranks highest in clothing procurement locations published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN). Vietnam is also considered to be as good as China in terms of production quality.

According to the surveys, China continues to lead the way in efficiency, innovation, lead time and vertical integration. Bangladesh, on the other hand, scores lower than Vietnam based on ten of the twelve criteria. Bangladesh received a score of only 2 for sustainability compared to a score of 3.5 in the case of Vietnam and yet Bangladeshi manufacturers claim that Bangladesh has the largest number of “green factories” in the world.

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The research report shows that Vietnam also emerges as the leader in a survey of clothing sourcing locations by data analytics and consulting firm GlobalData. But Bangladesh was only in 12th place and therefore didn’t even make it into the top ten. China was only in fourth place, but no other country can match China’s supplier base, range of skills, quality levels, product variety and completeness of its supply chain – and no other country has the capacity to match the quantities produced in China. to include.

However, Chinese exports could suffer from claims that forced labor is being used in Xinjiang province. This has led many countries to ban cotton imports from Xinjiang and, under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), companies wishing to continue importing goods made in Xinjiang to the US must “clearly and convincingly provide proof” that the goods in question were not produced using forced labour.

To ensure they comply with the UFLPA, clothing brands may prefer to play it safe and buy from locations where they can be sure not to use materials made in Xinjiang Province. Such a strategy could cause a noticeable drop in US clothing imports from China in 2022 and beyond.

Source: Vietnam Insider


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