The textile and apparel industry in the Dominican Republic has been evolving through the years, going from light manufacturing and intensive hand labor, to now being able to offer vertical integration with design and full package options. This progression has enabled textile firms to consolidate their development and manufacturing capabilities, leading to reduced operating costs and a more streamlined processing experience. Many highly regarded and recognized global brands manufacture in the Dominican Republic because they trust the quality of the work the local labor pool will produce.
Currently, there are 229 textile and apparel manufacturers in the Dominican Republic, generating approximately 50,000 direct jobs. In 2018 exports reached the amount of $1.1 billion USD, representing 13% of the country’s total exports.
Major U.S. and Canadian companies with manufacturing facilities and/or sourcing operations in the D.R. include: Hanesbrands, Gildan Activewear, Propper, American Eagle, Under Armour, Perry Ellis, Old Navy, Columbia Sportswear, Fruit of the Loom, Victoria’s Secret, Eddie Bauer, Calvin Klein, Gap, and Liz Claiborne, among many others.
The textile industry within the zones is evolving towards a vertical integration model, expanding its offering to include both apparel and textile inputs. Today, 41% of the exports in textiles are concentrated in textile inputs such as fabrics and yarns, exported mainly to Haiti and Central America.