The Thai National Shippers’ Council projects a brighter outlook in the export of textiles, garment and machinery this year, the council’s vice-chairman Visit Limluecha said.
The council classified products under three categories – V or double-digit growth; U or single-digit growth; and L or no growth or contraction.
Industries in the V-growth group include textile and garment, machinery, finished oil and rice. Double-digit growth is expected for these products because they showed low contraction late last year.
The garment and textile sector dropped 18 per cent last year, while machinery and machine equipment fell 9.2 per cent.
Meanwhile, U-shaped growth is expected for automotive and component parts, electric and electronics appliance, food, rubber, cassava and jewellery and gems.
No growth or L-shaped growth is expected for industries like sugar, plastic pellets and products made of plastic pellets.
He said this is because major sugar producers like Brazil have released massive amounts of sugar and alcohol, causing a glut in the global market.
The council has forecast that sugar exports will suffer a drop of between seven and 10 per cent, the same as in 2020.
Visit added that the Covid-19 pandemic will still be a key factor in affecting industries globally, especially in relation to luxury items, though market competition will intensify if manufacturers launch promotions.
THE NATION (THAILAND)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK