Currently, there is strong lobbying to attract more contracts for national and Central American companies, and results will be released soon, Camtex reported.

El Salvador has positioned itself in recent years as one of the main suppliers of textiles to the United States, according to data from the Office of Textiles and Clothing of the United States Department of Commerce (Otexa), which reported that, in 2021, the country was its second largest seller of synthetic fiber socks.

In this sense, the executive director of the Chamber of the Textile, Clothing and Free Zones Industry of El Salvador (Camtex), Patricia Figueroa, highlighted the importance of the commercial alliance between both countries, and indicated that the union is immersed in a important work to open even more spaces for the commercialization of Salvadoran products.

“We have been in countless meetings with brands trying to promote longer-term engagement. We have had a high level of presence in the United States Congress, Senate and Administration with very good results on the issue of maintaining the rule of origin of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the United States (CAFTA)," he said. Figueroa.

He explained that the approaches at the level of the Senate and Congress of that country are aimed at promoting the generation of incentives for companies that expand and bring new projects to El Salvador and the Central American region.

"This is part of the different initiatives of 'nearshoring' that is in the interest of the United States, but it is also in our interest, for this reason we have had a constant presence with more than three business visits to Washington," said the spokeswoman for the union.

In this context, Figueroa reported that, as a result of his work as representative of El Salvador and Central America in the US textile market, important companies announced commitments to establish contracts in the region over the next few years.

"They already announced commitments to put contracts in the region for the next 10 and 20 years, at least two of them, and this will be announced soon, and naturally, although the commitment is with the region, indisputably part of it. arrives in El Salvador," he asserted.

In this regard, he pointed out that one of the main elements that the brands are evaluating to invest in the isthmus is that the production system works sustainably, that they present traceability from the cotton to the final product, and for this reason, the union works in the positioning of national companies in compliance with the required environmental indices.

Similarly, he highlighted the investment that companies in the sector carry out in El Salvador to comply with this requirement and thus compete on equal terms with the rest of the world.

"The United States continues to be our main partner, which is why we maintain a strong alliance as a union with the different authorities that govern the textile issue in the United States and with the private sector, with which we truly form a unique production chain in the Western Hemisphere," Figueroa concluded.