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Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Colombia
published in Issue 111, May-June 2004
In 2003 Colombia’s textile and clothing exports to the USA, the industry’s most important trading partner, were 51% higher than those recorded in the previous year. This increase can single-handedly be attributed to an extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) in October 2002, which provided Colombian textile and clothing exports with quota-free and duty-free access to the USA.
This strong performance has pushed the textile and clothing industry into a prominent position in Colombia’s economy. Indeed, in 2003 textiles and clothing represented the country’s fourth largest export earner—ahead of one of Colombia’s most famous exports, coffee. The main contributors to the growth in textile and clothing exports have been Colombia’s low labour costs, its proximity to the US market, and the industry’s verticalised structure—from fibres to finished garments.
However, the industry is now at a crossroads. Clothing manufacturers are not able to make full use of the ATPDEA as they are being held back by a shortage of locally produced fabrics. Government initiatives to encourage new investors are stifled by concerns over ongoing internal civil strife. The industry is heavily dependent on US customers, but is vulnerable to competition from Asian clothing suppliers who will gain access to the US market free of quota restrictions in 2005. Furthermore, the ATPDEA is due to end in 2006, and a new free trade agreement with the USA has yet to be negotiated.
Six times a year, Textile Outlook International provides up to 200 pages of expert comment and analysis. A subscription provides an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. It is essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries – and for anyone who is not involved in the industry, but needs to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues.
Reports in Textile Outlook International include:
country profiles – providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
company profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
trends in world textile and apparel trade and production – taking into account current issues facing the industry – such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing – providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
innovations, technological developments, business development opportunities, individual sector analysis and political implications which affect players in the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Some of the topics which have been covered in recent reports include: new innovations in the textile and clothing industry, such as environmentally friendly textiles, plant based fibres, and developments in textile colorants; innovations in textile machinery; and overviews of the European swimwear, hosiery and lingerie markets.
So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing – in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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