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Brexit delay continues uncertainty for apparel manufacturers from developing countries

United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union creates continued uncertainty for the British apparel market and its trade partners. The impact of Brexit will depend on whether it is a negotiated agreement or a ‘Hard exit’ without an agreement.

It is forecasted that Brexit will result in import and export tariffs of approx. 11% and will cost British apparel manufacturers GBP 750 million per year in new taxes. This, in turn, is estimated to result in a 16% to 50% decline in the value of apparel, footwear and textile imports from the developing countries.

European apparel brands increasingly shifting production out of China

European buyers are now joining US apparel companies in searching for sources that are cheaper and closer than China. This growing shift reflects the changes to global supply chains the US-China trade war is creating and accelerating. A Qima survey indicates that 67% of EU-based businesses have already started sourcing from other countries this year or plan to do it in the near future.

What is the demand for apparel in the European market?

Europe is a strong, continuously growing apparel market, home to some of the world’s biggest and most renowned apparel companies. Europe’s apparel import market was valued at €168.5 billion in 2018, growing at an average rate of 5.8% a year. The biggest markets within the EU include Germany, France, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy, together comprising nearly 72% of all EU apparel imports. Poland is a market to watch due to recent high growth in imports and for being a sizeable market already.

Apparel Sourcing Paris 2019

Connect with promising apparel companies at CBI’s stand at Apparel Sourcing Paris!

Join us from 16th to 19th of September 2019 on Apparel Sourcing Paris, the international trade show for fashion.

Apparel Sourcing Paris is the biggest garment sourcing show in Europe with more than 600 exhibitors from all over the world. It offers a wide and consistent sourcing for clothing: knitwear, casualwear, sportswear, outerwear and corporate wear.

Programme: Garments Myanmar

Myanmar’s companies will experience a period of huge change in the coming years. To thrive in this new environment, they need to meet three interlinked imperatives. First, they need to prepare to compete at home and overseas, building an understanding of the opportunities available in the different market and the strategies of competitors. Second, the need to rapidly reach international standards of quality and price for their goods and services, third they need to explore foreign partnerships as a source of capital and knowledge and need to connect to global supply chains’

Leather and leather products from Ethiopia

Do you have a Leather and/or leather products business in Ethiopia? Are you interested in an improved market position in the EU? The Netherlands Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) can show you the way. Our Business Export Coaching programmes have already guided multiple exporting organizations in for example Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Pakistan, Peru, Myanmar, and Vietnam in the apparel sector towards successful business relations with European clients.

Jordan Apparel

This project is designed for ambitious and aspiring garment manufactures from Jordan who are eager to expand their export activities in the European market, CBI’s Jordan Apparel programme offers you good opportunities.

Fashion Forecast summer 2020

Are you a garment producer looking to export to the EU? Find the fashion trends for Summer 2020 in CBI’s Fashion Forecast. Explore the latest materials, colours and ideas European buyers are looking for. Download the study to get ahead of your competition.


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