The Dominican textile industry has shown clear signs of growth in recent years. It moves forward after a season of reduction caused by the Chinese competition. Assuming that this trend in growth continues, in a short time this industry would regain the leadership that characterized it.
Dominican Republic has the advantage of proximity to the North American market, especially the US, which is attracting more and more of the production once supplied by China.
Even with the slowdown in textile processing free zones compared to the growth of other free zones, textiles remain a very important subsector of the Dominican economy. According to the Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA), the free zones textile subsector has some 170 companies. They are spread throughout the national territory with 48% of the textile companies established in El Cibao, 19% in Greater Santo Domingo, 18% in the East, and 13% in the South. Additionally, the textile free zones contribute over US$ 1.400 million in exports annually, and about 80,000 direct jobs.