WASHINGTON — Honduran apparel industry executives arrived here Tuesday to tell their U.S. customers that it’s business as usual in the apparel sector.
The executives were part of a delegation that included Honduran politicians, judicial figures and diplomats. Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was removed from office and exiled on June 28 in what most experts consider a military coup. However, the delegation characterized it as lawful.
“All apparel and textile manufacturing plants are working normally,” Daniel Facusse, president of the Honduran Apparel Manufacturers Association, said at a news conference.
Despite continued unrest, there have been no delays of shipments into or out of Honduras and the ports are functioning normally, he said. U.S. companies that manufacture in the Central American country said they continued to monitor the situation but that no disruptions had been reported.
The apparel executives in the delegation plan to meet with representatives of the National Retail Federation and members of Congress, Facusse said. There are no meetings scheduled with administration officials or trade officials.
Honduras is the fourth largest apparel supplier to the U.S. According to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel, Honduras shipped $603 million of apparel to the U.S. in the first four months of the year.