Trade and trade policy: the EU clothing import market and its ten largest supplying countries, August 2017
This report provides vital data and analysis of trends in EU clothing imports from the ten largest supplying countries. Also, it provides insight and analysis of developments in the clothing sector in each of these countries and provides forecasts for the future. EU clothing imports rose to record highs in value and in volume in 2016. Increases in clothing imports were observed in 14 of the 28 EU countries in value terms and in 19 of the 28 EU countries in volume terms. Declines in average import prices, however, extended to 18 of the 28 EU countries. The EU's ten largest clothing supplying countries were Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam. China was by far the EU's largest clothing supplier but the country lost market share in value and volume terms. The fastest growth in both value and volume terms was in EU clothing imports from Cambodia although strong growth was also recorded in imports from Bangladesh and Pakistan. As a result, all three countries gained market share in value and volume. The most expensive supplier was Tunisia, followed by Morocco. The cheapest supplier was Pakistan, followed by Bangladesh.