EU Textile & Clothing Trade Evolution

EU textiles and clothing imports went slightly up due to increases from some Asian countries: Bangladesh, with a +8% increase, is now the 2nd supplier of the EU, while imports from Cambodia, Pakistan surged by respectively +14% and +6.5%. T&C imports from Myanmar revealed a significant expansion (+62%), and ranks now 18th, after Japan.  

On the contrary, imports from China- EU 1st supplier- and the US decreased over the period by respectively -5% and -8%.  

Despite the depreciated €, the EU faced a subdued growth of exports, due to weak performances in EU customers’ main market (Switzerland, China, Japan) and to a decrease of sales in Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong and the US, EU’s top customer, (-0.7%).  

EU exporters achieved better results in other markets such as Morocco (+8.5%), as well as Ukraine and Serbia (with+13% on average).

  

 

IMPORTS  (Euro)

EXPORTS (Euro)

Trade Balance

 

2015

2016

% chg

2015

2016

% chg

2015

2016

% chg

TOTAL

109,439,993

110,010,254

0.5

44,443,248

44,699,716

0.6

-64,996,746

-65,310,538

0.5

Textile

28,666,849

29,056,312

1.4

21,780,070

21,790,595

0.0

-6,886,779

-7,265,717

5.5

Clothing

80,773,144

80,953,942

0.2

22,663,177

22,909,122

1.1

-58,109,967

-58,044,820

-0.1

EU technical textiles & menswear exports up in 2016

Technical textiles and menswear exporters in EU-28 nations registered good performance in 2016. Technical textiles sector is a pillar of textile exports outside the EU with a 38 per cent share in 2016, while menswear exports accounted for 23 per cent of total clothing exports. 

Technical textiles exports outside the EU-28 once again increased year-on-year to almost €10 billion, an increase of 2.4 per cent in value. 

Menswear exports outside the EU-28 amounted to more than €5 billion with a 2 per cent year-on-year increase. The leading buyer of menswear, Switzerland, reduced its purchases in value by 3.9 per cent. However, there was noteworthy double-digit growth in the value of exports to South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Serbia, Israel and Ukraine. The three major menswear products for export were: trousers (32 per cent of category exports), shirts (19 per cent) and coats (17 per cent). Purchases of all three were up owing to the weak euro. 

Furthermore, exports of rugs and carpets outside the EU-28 expanded again strongly in value by 5.5 per cent. This sector represented 4.3 per cent of all textile exports outside the EU.

Customer-wise, the four main buyers—the US, Switzerland, Norway and Russia—absorbed 49 per cent of exports of rugs and carpets outside the EU. 

 

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