From January to November end 2021, Egypt’s readymade garment and apparel exports increased by 38 per cent, according to the Marie Louise, Head, Readymade Garments Export Council of Egypt (RMGEC). Exports amounted to $1.7 billion, compared to $1.3 billion in the same period of 2020. Exports to the US were highest during the first 11 months valued at $1.04 billion compared to $726 million in the same period in 2020, an increase of 44 per cent. Additionally, exports to Europe increased 3 per cent to record $320 million in 11 months of 2021, compared to $310 million in the same period last year. Exports to Arab countries increased 128 per cent to $235 million, compared to $83 million in 2020.
Louise explained T-shirt and polo shirt exports jumped 34 per cent during, to record $455 million, compared to $339 million, followed by sportswear, which increased by 102 per cent to $24 million, compared to $12 million. Trousers exports also increased 179 per cent to $49million, compared to $18 million. She noted exports hike came with the Council’s continued efforts in various events, as well as direct communication with the state agencies concerned with the export file to overcome all obstacles facing readymade garment exports.