India Apparel Exports - US/EU Imports per Product Category

India Apparel Exports in Full 2016 Country Report

India's apparel exports are slowing down, partly due to a sharp rise of the rupee and of textile material costs. The clothing industry remains excessively focused on cotton fiber use, in addition, although the share of polyester is rising year after year. Our report provides apparel export data in full 2016 per major destination and per product category. US and EU clothing imports from India per product category are also available. Variations have been calculated in volume, value and unit value terms. All data can be easily downloaded.

India's apparel exports have begun seriously slowing down in the past year and in the first two months of 2016, being hurt by surging competition from rival countries, partly due to a rise of the rupee and much higher material costs.

In February, apparel exports have however still risen 3.3% in rupee terms from the same month in 2016.

Over the first 11 months of the Indian fiscal year (April-March), apparel exports have gained 3.5% in rupee terms.

In US$ terms, India's clothing exports have declined in full 2016, after rising for three consecutive years.

Knit apparel exports have gained 1.7% whereas woven apparel exports were dropping 3.2% with overall shipments being down 1% as a result.

From their level 10 years earlier, apparel exports have surged 88%, however.

Shipments have mostly been hurt on leading markets, only rising 6.3% in the United States vs a surge of 27% in 2015, and even declining 3.9% in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) which are used as a trading hub, or falling 7.4% in the U.K.

By contrast, exports have been stronger to Germany, France or Spain which account for a lower share of total shipments.

The fall of the US apparel imports has negatively affected Indian shipments, which have resisted any decline however, therefore taking additional shares of the market at 3.9% in volume terms and 4.5% in value terms.

Indian exporters are still excessively focused on cotton apparel production, although the share of man-made fiber apparel has increased in the past years, thanks to the development of the polyester fiber industry in the country.

On EU's imports market by contrast, Indian shipments have rebounded in line with the overall recovery of European sourcing in 2016.

Shipments have risen 5.6% in volume terms, however stagnating in dollar terms.

Export sales are now expected suffering from the current rise of the rupee, as economic reforms in India are attracting foreign investment.

As reflected by our below table, the INR has risen against most other currencies in the first quarter of 2017.

From a year earlier, the yuan has fallen 9% against the rupee, the Vietnamese dong has lost, 4% whereas the Bangladeshi taka has only dropped 1%.

The pound has plunged by 21% in the meantime, meaning that sales to the UK should now be depressed.

The jump of cotton prices in India could also have negatively affected sales, as material costs are maintained at relatively high levels.

Indian textile producers have begun importing large quantities of cheaper foreign cotton which should result in lower prices on the domestic market, however.













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