In the first 11 months of 2021, Thailand’s garment and textile exports increased by 28.8 million baht ($866 million). Thailand sold 64.8 billion baht ($1.95 billion) in garments and 188.6 billion baht ($5.67 billion) in textiles during the time, compared to $866 million in garment and textile exports in the first five months of the 2020/21 fiscal year, according to the Thai Garment Manufacturers Association.
Thailand’s garment and textile sectors were strongly impacted in 2020, according to the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, with 3,000 firms scrambling to sew face masks and PPE suits to survive. Renewing demand from other apparel-producing nations, on the other hand, allowed these factories to reopen at full capacity. India, Vietnam, and Indonesia drove demand for textile items from the nation, with businesses in Europe and the United States also boosting their orders for products created from recycled fibers, organic cotton, and environmentally friendly materials. These companies are now short of up to 50,000 workers and rely on overtime labor, which might result in a return of migrant workers to Thailand in search of work now that the sector has recovered.