Official export data per month, year, destination, and per HS-4 Digit Categories - Latest US and EU import data

Bangladesh Apparel Exports in Full 2016 Quarterly Report

Apparel exports from Bangladesh are now declining, due to the fall of the Sterling and to the recession of the US import market. Shipments have already been depressed in 2016 to the US whereas further soaring to the EU thanks too their duty-free status. Bangladesh is however missing the historical shift from cotton to polyester, meaning its industry could eventually suffer from surging competition with Vietnam. Our statistical tables provide a comprehensive view of Bangladesh's clothing exports over the last years, also covering the latest US and EU apparel import data per product category. Volume, value and unit price changes are released with all data available for download.

Bangladesh's apparel exports have declined in the first two months of 2017 with February shipments losing 6% from the same month a year ago, in US$ terms.

The fall of the Sterling after the Brexit vote has apparently depressed export sales to the U.K.

Exports to the US market continue also being weaker after already dropping in the last year.

In January, US apparel imports from Bangladesh have lost 3.24% in dollar terms, in line with the fall of 1.8% experienced in full 2016.

By contrast, US apparel imports from Bangladesh had gained 11.7% in 2015, recovering from the fall of 2.3% in 2014, following the collapse of the Rana Plaza.

This time, the decline observed on the US market is due to an overall decrease of US demand and the market share of Bangladesh has actually slightly risen in the last year.

The impoverished country has remained the third largest supplier on the US import market after China and Vietnam.

Bangladeshi suppliers are increasingly specialized in the cotton apparel production, fully missing the global shift from cotton to polyester use.

Shipments of cotton apparel to the US market accounted for 72.5% of Bangladeshi exports in 2016 against only 44.8% for total shipments.

Although sales to the US market have declined in 2016, exports to the European market have further soared, partly due to the duty-free access offered to Bangladesh by EU's GSP regime.

In volume terms, shipments have surged 11.7% in the past year, rising 62% in only five years from an already high level in 2011.

Bangladesh has accounted for 23% of total imports from the EU in 2016, however still far from China's 38%.

Apparel exporters now fear that their country could be excluded from the list of LDCs (Least Developed Countries) by 2021, meaning they would lose their duty-free access to the European market under the EBA regime of the EU's GSP.



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