Exports of other made-up textile articles fetched $36 million, registering an increase of 38.1 per cent, the central bank said in its report ‘External Sector Performance – March 2021’.
Textiles and garments exports accounted for 57.9 per cent of all industrial exports from Sri Lanka during the three-month period.
Imports of textiles and textile articles too rose by 14.2 per cent to $710.2 million, while clothing and accessories imports fell 23.8 per cent to $55.7 million during January-March 2021.
In March 2021, Sri Lanka’s earnings from textiles and garment exports shot up by 49.4 per cent to $467.2 million, compared to exports of $312.7 million in the same month of 2020. Expenditure on textiles and textile articles soared 80.2 per cent year-on-year to $250.9 million, while clothing and accessories imports were up 30.3 per cent to $19.8 million.
In 2020, Sri Lanka's textiles and garment exports stood at $4.423 billion, registering a steep fall of 21 per cent compared to exports of $5.596 billion in the preceding year. Of this, clothing exports fetched $3.939 billion, a fall of 24.3 per cent over $5.205 billion in 2019. On the other hand, imports of textiles and textile articles decreased by 19.7 per cent to $2.335 billion.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RKS)