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Textile Outlook International
Issue 122:
March-April 2006

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Editorial: Post-Quota Scenarios in Textiles and Clothing: Sub-Saharan African Producers Invest for Survival
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, March-April 2006 (64 pages)
Profile of the Textile and Clothing Industry in Brazil (27 pages)
Trends in US textile and clothing imports, March-April 2006 (70 pages)
Profile of the Textile and Clothing Industry in Syria (34 pages)
The West European Market for Women's Hosiery (22 pages)

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Editorial: Post-Quota Scenarios in Textiles and Clothing: Sub-Saharan African Producers Invest for Survival
published in Issue 122, March-April 2006  


Fledgling textile and clothing industries in Sub-Saharan Africa are finding it increasingly difficult to compete in the international textile and clothing marketplace. After four years of growth, their fortunes seem to have taken a nose-dive in 2005 and 2006 following the global elimination of quotas at the end of 2004.

Between 2000 and 2003 US clothing imports from Sub-Saharan Africa rose in volume terms by an average of 34.4% a year. But in 2004 growth slowed to 10.4%, and in 2005 US imports from the region fell by 14.4%. Since then the decline seems to have accelerated. During January-March 2006 US clothing imports from Sub-Saharan Africa were down by 22.4% compared with the equivalent period in 2005.

The textile and clothing industry in Sub-Saharan Africa received a major boost in 2000 when the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was enacted. The Act provided Sub-Saharan African clothing producers with duty-free and quota-free access to the US market at a time when most of the world’s major developing country suppliers—especially those in Asian countries—were restricted under a global quota system which had been in place since 1974.

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