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Korean textile sector may end 2016 with trade deficit
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The textile sector of South Korea may suffer trade deficit for the second time in row in 2016 due to the cheap Chinese products flooding the market. The industry witnessed a decrease of 4.8 per cent year-on-year in the first 11 months of the year to make $12.4 billion, according to industry data. Imports of clothing and textiles increased 1 per cent.

Data compiled by the Korean International Trade Association (KITA) shows that imports in the country reached $13.52 billion over the January-November period. If the scenario continues to remain the same in the last month of 2016, imports may exceed the previous record of $14.65 billion in 2014, according to a leading South Korean daily.

The textile industry of Asian country has already logged a trade deficit of $1.09 billion, exceeding last year’s deficit of $157 million for a huge margin.

The South Korean textile sector witnessed a trade deficit for the first time in 2015. High labour costs and competition from foreign countries like China affected the industry’s profitability. (KD)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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