By  on June 24, 2019

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s textile and apparel industry expects to grow 10 percent to some $1.8 billion this year as the trade war between the U.S. and China boosts orders and it exports more fabric to neighboring countries.

Alejandro Ceballos, president of top trade lobby Vestex, made the projection at the latest Apparel Show trade fair here last month, adding, “The trade war with China is bringing new clients and brands have reduced their presence in Nicaragua and Honduras” amid political strife in those countries. Guatemala faces its own political turmoil, though, after presidential elections on June 16 generated allegations of election fraud and produced no clear winner. A recount has been ordered by the country’s Supreme Court, while a runoff election is set for Aug. 11.

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