Bulletin n° 01/2017 - An In-depth Analysis of the EU Textile and Clothing External Trade

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China’s Share in EU Imports Declined Further in 2016 to the Benefit of South Asian Countries

 Bulletin n° 01/2017 includes, under part A, an analysis of EU external trade in 2016- global sector as well as countries that are the main suppliers or customers of the EU. It also evaluates the weight of regions and sectors in EU trade during the period under review. Furthermore, part B gives a special report with tables and graphs for each of the 33 main EU trade partners.

The report analyses the 2016 EU external trade for the textile and clothing sector as well as the main EU suppliers and customers, evaluates the weight of regions and sectors in total EU trade and includes detailed tables and graphs for the 33 main EU trade partners. 

The leading position of China has continued to be eroded by the increasingly vigorous entry of other production zones. Mediterranean countries have experienced the same scenario as China between 2010 and 2015, but import shares have stabilised or even improved in 2016.

Undeniably, the main beneficiary was the SAARC zone, which has grown slowly but steadily since 2010. The ASEAN zone, a smaller area than SAARC, performed in a comparable way.

In 2016, these four zones accounted for over 86% of total extra-EU textile and  clothing imports. EU-28 imports originating from these groupings primarily related to clothing goods. 

Looking to products, China prevailed as the main supplier of woven garments. However, its share continued to decline to the benefit of South Asian and Mediterranean countries. Concerning imports of knitted garments, China was overtaken by the SAARC zone.
 
EU-28 exports struggled to grow in a difficult global economy and faced issues in maintaining market shares, principally in made up articles

Compared to last year, EU exports’ shares remained stable for the four main defined country groupings:  NAFTA, EFTA, the Mediterranean countries and the group of autonomous countries. These four groups accounted for 58% of extra-EU textile and clothing exports in 2016.

Woven fabrics were the major textiles exported by the EU. The NAFTA zone and the Mediterranean countries are the biggest purchasers of textile goods. While EFTA and NAFTA areas make up the two main buyers of clothing articles. However, in absolute value, there was little growth in EU exports to these two zones.

*N.B.: The main country groupings included in this study were: ACP, EFTA (European Free Trade Association), NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement): USA, Canada, Mexico. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations): Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. AUTONOMOUS: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine.  MEDITERRANEAN: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey. MERCOSUR: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela. EMERGING ASIAN COUNTRIES :(South Korea, Hong-Kong, Taiwan). SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation): Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

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I. TRADE IN FIBRES, TEXTILES & CLOTHING
1.  Trade in fibres
2. Trade in textile and clothing products
2.1. Textile products
2.2. Clothing
2.3. Trade balances in textile and clothing products

II. SHARE OF REGIONS & SECTORS IN  EXTRA-EU TRADE IN 2016
1. Share of regions and sectors in extra-eu imports
2. Share of regions and sectors in extra-eu exports

III. MAIN CUSTOMERS AND SUPPLIERS OF TEXTILE GOODS AND CLOTHING ITEMS IN 2016
1. Customers
1.1. Textile goods customers
1.2. Clothing article customers
2. Suppliers
2.1. Textile suppliers
2.2. Clothing suppliers

IV. PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNERS

PART A
Tables n° 1 - 24

PART B
Tables n° 25 - 60

Industrialised countries
U.S.A.
Canada
Japan
Switzerland
Norway
Turkey
South Africa

Former state-trading countries
Russia
C.I.S. (excl. Russia & Baltic Sates)
Former Yugoslavia (excl. Slovenia & Croatia)
China
Vietnam

Other main EU trade partners

Asia

  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Macao
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Bangladesh

Latin America

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Mexico

Mediteranean

  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
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  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • C.I.S. (excl. Russia & Baltic Sates)
  • Canada
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Former Yugoslavia (excl. Slovenia & Croatia)
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • U.S.A.
  • Vietnam
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