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Trends in world textile and clothing trade, January-February 2002
published in Issue 97, January 2002
World textile and clothing trade rose by about 7% in 2000. The rise in textile trade reversed two years of decline. Textile trade was boosted by a 15% rise in exports from Asia to North America, a 17% increase in intra-Asian trade, and a 29% surge in exports from North America to Latin America. Clothing trade was lifted by a 15% rise in exports from Asia to North America, 17% growth in intra-Asian trade and a 23% increase in exports from Latin America to North America. In both textiles and clothing the strong growth in intra-Asian trade reflects the region’s recovery from the Asian financial crisis. Only intra-West European trade declined—in textiles as well as in clothing.
The US textile and clothing trade deficit rose by another 13% in 2000 to US$62.50 bn—92% of which was in clothing. The EU deficit also increased, but by only 5%. Moreover, at US$33.57 bn, it was still only 54% of the US figure—even though the two markets are similar in size. The UK alone accounted for 34% of the EU total. China continued to have the world’s biggest textile and clothing trade surplus. South Korea, in second place, overtook Italy as its exporters took advantage of the depreciation of the Won. But Italy’s third position is still commendable for a country with some of the world’s highest labour costs. Portugal, an EU country with lower labour costs than Hong Kong and Taiwan, managed to retain its surplus in 2000. But the surplus was lower than in 1999. Turkey’s surplus also declined in 2000—for the second year running—as the country faced intensified competition from Asian countries.
China was the world’s leading textile exporter in 2000 while Germany dropped from third to sixth. The USA was the largest textile importer, but China ranked as high as third. China is also the world’s leading clothing exporter, although six developed countries still rank among the top 15 players. The USA is by far the biggest importer of clothing.
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