19 December 2014
German imports have been relatively weaker than shipments to other European markets, over the fist three quarters of the year. Latest trends are reflected by our comprehensive review of January-September data per European market, covering a 4-year period from the same period of 2010. A large number of statistical tables are published, with volume, value and unit value changes released in both euro and US$ terms. The full table is also available for download.
EU clothing imports continued rebounding over the first three quarters of the year, with shipments more strongly rising to a series of markets.
Whereas total imports were up 11.6% in volume terms from the same period a year earlier, imports by the UK have grown by 12.3% in line with a fall of unit prices, with shipments to Netherlands even surging 36.6% due to change in logistics of clothing groups.
By contrast, German imports only rose 4.8% in volume terms, or the lowest pace of the EU, except Ireland and the Czech Republic.
This is new trend, already observed over the last years. As a result, shipments to the UK surged 20% in volume terms between January-September 2010 and the same period in 2014.
Spain (+14%), Netherlands (+35%), or Belgium (+44%) have also seen a surge in imports from outside the EU, probably due to a shift in warehousing policies.
German imports fell 7% over the same 3-year period, whereas shipments to France declined 6%.
Average unit value of clothing imports from outside the EU rose at the same time 18% in Germany while falling 8% in the UK.
The same unit price jumped 20% in Spain, rising 11% in Italy.
More detailed data are now available for key clothing products and categories import database, with import volumes, values and unit values per origin:
E.U. Imports: Knit Clothing Categories
E.U. Imports: Woven Clothing Categories
E.U. Imports: Knit Clothing Products
E.U. Imports: Woven Clothing Products