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Colombian textile industry calls for higher tariffs on imports from Asia

Business owners and workers from the Colombian textile and manufacturing industry took to the streets on October 3 to call on the government to take “serious action” to resolve a crisis that is affecting Colombia’s textile sector.

The marches took place in 26 different cities, according to local media reports, with thousands of people taking part. 

According to figures from Colombia’s National Manufacturing Association (CCCA), the import, both legal and illegal, of cheap garments from Asia is causing the loss of 1,000 jobs per day in Colombia’s textile industry. This industry employs an estimated 1.7 million people.

It has called for the tax on textile imports from Asia to be increased from 15% to 40%, explaining that this would allow local manufacturers to compete more fairly with those in Asia, where it says wages are 95% lower. 

It said the Colombian government must protect domestic manufacturers by applying “fair tariffs” on imports. 

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