World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexi

Published: 30th March 2010
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US consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear fell by 1.1% in 2008 and continued to decline in the first half of 2009 as the recession took hold. Reflecting the downturn, there was a 10.6% fall in the volume of US textile and clothing imports in the first seven months of 2009. Exports fell too as demand in foreign markets weakened. In textiles, exports plummeted by 24.1% as shipments to the USA's two biggest markets, Canada and Mexico, fell sharply. In clothing, exports declined by 6.8%, again due to lower sales in Canada and Mexico-although shipments to Japan and Saudi Arabia grew strongly. As a result of these trends, US textile and clothing output dropped significantly in the first few months of 2009. Employment was also hit and stood 15.0% lower in September 2009 than a year earlier.


In Argentina, textile output rose by 1.5% in 2008 but dropped by 13.2% in the first half of 2009. Foreign sales followed much the same pattern. In 2008 textile and clothing exports rose by 4.9%, but in the first quarter of 2009 they plunged by 38.0%.


The industry in Brazil suffered a similar fate as textile and clothing exports plummeted by 23.3% in the first seven months of 2009 after rising by 2.6% in 2008. Textile output fell in the first four months of 2009 and clothing fared even worse.


In Colombia the textile industry has fared much better than clothing. Although export growth has slowed, sales of textiles rose by 25.8% in the first half of 2009. But clothing exports plunged by 54.5%, having been dragged down by a slump in demand for Colombian garments in Ecuador, Mexico, the USA, and Venezuela.


In Mexico the industry continued to struggle as US importers shifted orders to China and other low cost Asian countries. In the first half of 2009 alone, Mexican textile and clothing exports declined by 17.5% after falling by 6.2% in 2008.


SUMMARY


USA


Consumer demand


Retail market


Imports


Textile and clothing imports by product


Textile and clothing imports by supplying country


Production


Employment


Factory closures


Anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions


Exports


ARGENTINA


Textile and clothing exports: 2008


Textile and clothing exports by product


Textile and clothing imports: first quarter 2009


Textile and clothing exports by leading destination


Domestic textile and clothing retail sales


Textile production


Trade policy


Textile and clothing imports: 2008


BRAZIL


Textile and clothing exports: 2008


Textile and clothing exports by product


Textile and clothing exports by leading destination


Textile and clothing exports: January-July 2009


Textile and clothing production


Domestic textile and clothing retail sales


Employment


Textile and clothing imports


Textile and clothing imports by product


Textile and clothing imports by leading supplying country


Trade policy


COLOMBIA


Textile and clothing exports: 2008


Textile and clothing exports: first half of 2009


Textile and clothing exports by product


Textile and clothing exports by leading destination


Textile and clothing imports


Textile and clothing imports by leading supplier


Textile and clothing production


Trade policy


MEXICO


Textile and clothing exports


Textile and clothing exports by product


Textile and clothing exports by leading destination


Textile and clothing production


Trade policy


List of tables


Table 1: USA: leading suppliers of textile and clothing imports by volume, 2005-2009

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