Volume in 100-kilo, Value in euros and US$, Change and Share

EU Clothing Imports in 2nd Quarter and 1st Half 2016: Origins Statistical Report

EU's clothing imports have rebounded in the second quarter in volume terms from China and a series of Asian countries, reflecting a recovery of the market after the euro has bottomed out against the dollar. Unit prices have also fallen in both dollar and euro terms, although still higher than five year earlier in euro terms and far lower in dollar terms. Latest trends are reflected by our comprehensive review of 2nd quarter and 1st half data per origin, from 2011-15. 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's clothing imports have sharply rebounded in the second quarter this year from a series of countries.

Strongest gains for Bangladesh

Largest gains have been made by Bangladesh with shipments rising 13% in volume terms.

Imports form leading China have increased by 8.4% in volume terms in the second quarter from a year earlier, however falling 3.8% in dollar terms after unit prices have plunged by 11.3%.

Lower-quality products are being imported by the European Union after production costs have further risen in the Chinese apparel industry.

Imports from Cambodia have nearly surged 20% in volume terms, although from a low level whereas shipments from Vietnam, Pakistan or Sri Lanka were also enjoying a double-digit growth.

Lower unit prices

Unit prices have fallen across the board, with a drop of 5% in dollar terms after a decline of 4% in the same period last year.

In euro terms, unit prices have lost 7%, reflecting a stronger euro this year, after they had surged 19% in the same quarter last year, due to the sharp fall of the European currency between 2014 and 2015.

The picture is however quite different if considering the 5-year period between 2nd quarter 2011 and the same period of 2016 (see our below tables).

In volume terms, imports have only gained 6% in five years, whereas even falling 8% in dollar terms.

China being replaced by Bangladesh

China's shipments have plunged by 25% in volume terms whereas clothing imports from Bangladesh were surging 58% in the meantime.

Cambodian shipments have even gained 200% over the five-year period, from a much lower level.

Unit prices have climbed 10% in euro terms whereas falling 14% in dollar terms, meaning both importers and exporters have been hurt by the change in currency values.

In volume terms, China stayed the leading origin in second quarter at 29.9%, although not far from Bangladesh now at 26.35%.

In value terms, about 6.5 points are still separating the two countries. For how long, however?

EU Clothing Import Database

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

EU Clothing Imports: ORIGINS - Download Historical Data from 2nd Quarter 2011-2016

EU Clothing Imports: ORIGINS - Download Historical Data from 1st Half 2011-2016


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