The chairman of the Myanmar Clothing Industry Merchants Association, Wu Minsuo, said that due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus pneumonia, the clothing fabrics needed by Myanmar’s garment factories could not be supplied normally. Therefore, there was a shortage of raw materials in the garment factories, which affected production.
Wu Minsuo explained that affected by the epidemic, factories in China producing apparel fabrics could not start normally and there was a shortage of apparel fabrics. As a result, Myanmar’s inability to properly import clothing fabrics from China has affected the production of Myanmar’s garment industry. About 90% of the garment fabrics in Myanmar’s garment industry are imported from China, and only 10% are imported from Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam.
Wu Minsuo said that not only Myanmar is facing a shortage of raw materials, but the world is also facing it. For example, because most of China’s manufacturing industry is unable to produce normally, most auto companies in the world are facing shortages of parts and raw materials.
Some garment industry traders said that about 10% of the population in Myanmar’s garment industry is employed. After the Chinese New Year holiday, it is difficult to import clothing fabrics from China and production cannot be performed normally. Therefore, garment factories have to reduce working hours. Workers are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.