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Textiles and Clothing in Mexico: Facing Up to Growing International Competition
published in Issue 162, June 2013
Mexican textile and clothing exports to the USA grew rapidly following the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) in 1994. The industry achieved remarkable gains in production, employment, labour productivity, export sales and value-added. By 1996 Mexico had become the leading supplier of textiles and clothing to the US market. But the competitive advantages which the Mexican textile and clothing industry once enjoyed have been eroded over the past three years as competition from China and Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) countries has increased.
Most exports and added value in the industry are generated by the domestic in-bond or maquiladora sector. Maquiladora enterprises are located mostly along Mexico’s northern border and are heavily dependent on the USA for their export sales and manufacturing components. The maquiladora industry has developed extensive production sharing arrangements with US textile manufacturers. Under these arrangements, US-made textile and clothing components are shipped to Mexico for further processing while finished textile and clothing products are subsequently re-exported, usually for sale in the US market. Foreign investment in textile and clothing maquiladora operations has played an important role in the industry’s success. Most of this investment has come from the USA, although a number of Asian countries—including China, South Korea and Taiwan—also have a significant presence in the industry.
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