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04BANGKOK6994 TRACKING CHANGES IN TEXTILE AND APPAREL: AMEMBASSY BANGKOK RESPONSE

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 006994

 

SIPDIS

 

STATE/EB/TPP/ABT EDWARD HEARTNEY

COMMERCE/ITA/OTEXA MARIA D’ANDREA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ECON ETRD EAGR TH

SUBJECT: TRACKING CHANGES IN TEXTILE AND APPAREL: AMEMBASSY

BANGKOK RESPONSE

 

REF: STATE 184238

 

¶1. This report responds to information requests contained in

reftel on “Tracking changes in textiles and apparel

employment and production after quota elimination.”

 

¶2. Total textile and apparel production in USD value: 14.34

billion USD (down 3% from 2002).

 

¶4. Share of textiles and apparel of total Thai exports:

2001 — 8%

2002 — 7.5%

2003 — 6.8%

2004 (Jan to August) — 6.6%

 

¶5. Total manufacturing employment in Thailand is estimated to

be 1.1 million.

 

¶6. Total textile-related employment in Thailand is estimated

to be 773,337. Textile employment is usually 70-80% of total

manufacturing employment.

 

¶7. As one of the largest sources of manufacturing employment

in Thailand, the textiles and apparel sector is important.

There are reportedly 4570 textile and apparel factories in

Thailand, most of which are SMEs. However, several big

factories account for 80% of total production. While most

factories are engaged in garment assembly, there are 8-10

large spinning mills relying on imported yarn.

 

¶8. The RTG collects information on an annual basis.

 

¶9. The RTG is generally able to collect accurate figures on

formal sector employment. However, measuring informal sector

employment — where significant numbers of textiles and

apparel workers may be found — is a challenge.

JOHNSON

Written by thaicables

August 26, 2011 at 4:21 am

Posted in Economy, Unclassified

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