Sri Lankan apparel sees strong demand in UK

EconomyNext – Top clothing brands in the United Kingdom see strong opportunities to buy from Sri Lanka with the island’s apparel exports to the UK up 34 percent last year, the British High Commission said.

M&S, Next, George for Asda, and Tesco all operate sourcing offices in the  country.
 
Sri Lanka’s total exports to the UK grew 36 percent in 2014 from the year before, confirming the UK as Sri Lanka’s top export destination in Europe, it said in a statement. 
 
Apparel and clothing accessories exports, comprising 74 percent of total exports amounted to 865 million pounds in 2014, a growth of 34 percent. 

“These latest figures demonstrate the strong demand from British buyers for high quality goods manufactured in Sri Lanka, notably in the apparel and clothing accessories sector," British High Commissioner John Rankin said.

There are over 100 UK companies successfully operating in Sri Lanka, he added. 

UK retail brands have identified Sri Lanka as a strong supply partner due to the country’s labour standards and the success of the apparel sector’s ‘Garments without guilt’ campaign, the statement said.

This focused on ethically-made clothing free of child labour, sweatshop conditions and forced labour while ensuring sustainable manufacturing practices. 

Total UK exports to Sri Lanka in 2014 were valued at 165 million pounds, according to British revenue service and Customs.

Rankin said trade and investment is a two-way relationship.

"I look forward to further growing British exports to this country. People in Sri Lanka share a strong affinity with high quality UK brands and there is continuing demand for top class British products, from food and drink to highly engineered equipment.”