Exports in light industry continue to go down

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Exports in the clothing – leather- textile industry reported in the first four months of the year continue to go down, accounting for 17% of the exports in the Romanian industry, considering in 2005 the share was of 35%.
At level of the entire industry, exports grew in 2008 by almost 14%.
 
CEO of the Employers’ Federation of Light Industry (FEPAIUS) Aurelientu Popescu said on September 8 in Constanta that the shrinkage in the volume of exports in the industry of clothing and leather mirror through the diminution of the activity per total light industry. Among the causes of the shrinkage of exports are the rise in wages, tariffs of utilities and import of products from other countries on the EU market, which are more competitive than Romanian products.
 
„Despite this fact, in absolute value, the Romanian clothing industry holds the first place in the Romanian industries, with exports over January-April worth 700 million euros from the total of 8 billion euros,” said the representative of FEPAIUS.
According CEO of the Employers’ Federation of Light Industry Aurelientu Popescu, the first place in imports is held by the industry of non-metallic minerals, the second place is held by furniture industry and the last one is held by the clothing industry.
 
„As net contribution in foreign currency at the balance of foreign payments, the industry of clothing ranks the first place with almost 523 million euros, namely the difference between imports and exports,” said the president of the Employers’ Federation of Light Industry.
Popescu said that while the growth pace of industrial production grew this year by 7%, in the industry of clothing the growth is of only 2% and the footwear industry remained steady compared to 2007.
 
As many as 56,000 people are working at present in the textile industry, 202,000 people in the clothing industry and 71,000 people are working in the footwear industry. The number of employees shrank 16% on the previous year.
At the same time, the wage per total industry grew on average by some 26% (average net wage, 1,400 lei), in the field of clothing the rise of 23% and in the sector of footwear and leather of 27%.
 
The CEO of the Employers’ Federation of Light Industry (FEPAIUS) Aurelientu Popescu said that per total industry the labour productivity grew this year by almost 11%, however in the clothing sector the growth is of 19% and in the footwear-leather sector labour productivity increased by 20%.
 „In Romania, however, the rise in wages does not have the same pace with the rise in the labour productivity,” said Popescu.
 
Popescu also attended a news conference organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Navigation and Agriculture (CCINA) Constanta (eastern Romania) on the occasion of the 42nd edition of the fair of clothing and footwear Tinimtex, due over Sept. 10-14 in Mamaia resort on the Black Sea coast.
The fair is organized by Romexpo exhibitions complex in Bucharest and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Navigation and Agriculture Constanta in cooperation with the Employers’ Federation of Light Industry. (FEPAIUS).
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