The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) expected to be signed next year which will provide tariff preferences to Vietnamese exporters to the EU. There will also be ample opportunities to upgrade the value chain for the textile and garment sector. Only “EVFTA originating” products will benefit from preferential tariffs for a maximum of seven years after entry into force, said EU-MUTRAP team leader Claudio Dordi. To be “EVFTA originating,” EVFTA requires textile and garment producers to carry out two production stages in an EVFTA country: Vietnamese producers can upgrade their value chain, adding the weaving or knitting stage to the existing cutting and sewing.