Welcome to the International Trade Administration’s Global Textiles, Apparel, & Sporting Goods industry webpage. This site is designed to provide your company with the most recent international industry market research, trade leads, and event information.
Our network of trade specialists and industry experts throughout the U.S. and in foreign markets abroad stands ready to help you increase your export sales by supplying you with essential market research and trade opportunities. This site will also keep you abreast of industry events such as educational seminars, tradeshows, and exhibitions. Please let us know how we can serve you.
U.S.A. Pavilion at ExpoProduccion – February 5-7, 2014. Mexico City, Mexico. ExpoProducción is the only trade show and conference serving the complete sewn product supply chain for the fashion, home and technical textile industries in Mexico and Central America. This is the best place for you to meet key decision makers involved in all aspects of production, including development, research, quality control, engineering, designing, merchandising, logistics, purchasing and sourcing. OTEXA will sponsor a USA Pavilion at ExpoProducción 2014. Exhibitors in the USA Pavilion are offered a “turn-key” package of services including space rental, booth construction, table, chairs, carpeting, lighting, electrical outlet, signage, material handling, show directory listing and pre-show promotion. For additional information contact Kim-Bang Nguyen at (202) 482-4805, email at Kim-Bang.Nguyen@trade.gov or click here.
U.S.A. Pavilion at Fashion Access- March 31 – April 2, 2014. Hong Kong. Fashion Access, Asia-Pacific’s premier sourcing platform for quality, head-to-toe fashions, drawing 11,829 visitors from 22 nations. Over 520 exhibitors and international country pavilions participated to fashion brands and reliable contract manufacturers from China, India, Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. OTEXA will sponsor a USA Pavilion at Fashion Access March 2014. Exhibitors in the USA Pavilion are offered a “turn-key” package of services including space rental, booth construction, table, chairs, carpeting, lighting, electrical outlet, signage, show directory listing and pre-show promotion. For additional information contact Kim-Bang Nguyen at (202) 482-4805, email at Kim-Bang.Nguyen@trade.gov or click here.
OTEXA Trade Events – The Office of Textiles and Apparel often updates upcoming trade events that span the industry and take place around the world.
WeConnectFashion – A search engine and database that connects fashion brands, retailers and service providers with each other and with the marketplace. This website provides business networking, market research and more.
New to Exporting? – Arm yourself with the information needed to access the growing foreign market. Utilize export opportunities and increase your company’s growth.
Hot Issues – Stay up to date with the changing factors worldwide. Search capability allows you to narrow your search to articles involving the countries your interested in.
Priority Market Videos- 58 percent of U.S. exporters export to only one market, mainly Canada. Many small and midsized companies that work with the U.S. Commercial Service have found new customers in dozens of markets. Among the best prospect markets for U.S. companies are Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Thailand. From the short videos on this page, you’ll learn why these markets are important. You’ll also learn about a few of the many sectors where U.S. companies are competitive. Importantly, you’ll also meet the top U.S. commercial diplomats in these markets who, along with their staff of local market and industry experts, will help you evaluate, enter and succeed.
Want to know what the top markets are? Check out the Top 25 Market Reports for Winter Apparel and Sporting Goods. Additional reports for other products available on request. Then check out the Country Reports for the top markets which provide provide comprehensive information including market conditions, best export prospects, financing, finding distributors, and legal and cultural issues.
Market research and reports are available through U.S. Commercial Services. Your local branch can provide additional material and information specific to your products or services. Contact your local branch for additional material. The reports include points of contact, trade events, trade data, best prospects, and market demand.
Greece - The 1,200 businesses licensed to sell firearms in Greece, create an impression that the sector is quite large. In reality however, most stores handling hunting and fishing goods are small businesses. There is an emerging market for online retailers and importers of hunting and fishing goods.
Mexico - The Mexican textile industry is very sensitive to external and internal factors such as changes in the production model, inclusion of China and Asian competitors in WTO, antidumping, and counterfeit among others. Due to these reasons, U.S. exporters must be aware of key aspects and requirements for exporting to Mexico.
Japan - Japan is an important market for apparel. In 2010, the United States sold $244 million worth of apparel products to Japan, a 12.6% increase over 2009. Although overall consumption dropped significantly right after the earthquake/tsunami disaster in March 2011, consumption had levels recovered by June. The “fast fashion” boom has slowed down and now consumers are looking for something different. This is a good sign for American apparel suppliers. The $121.1 billion Japanese apparel market is open to imported apparel and does not have significant tariff or non-tariff barriers.
Canada - The Canadian fashion industry is quite small; 96% of the industry is SME’s, 38% with 1-4 employees and 58% with 5-99. However it is experiencing a revival, mainly because: There are few entry barriers; Little capital investment is needed; New niches continue to be found and expanded. Domestic production is steadily declining and there is a growing need for imports. Currently, 79% of apparel in Canada is imported. The demand is stable; manufacturing is decreasing while imports are increasing.
Ukraine - With a population of 45.8 million people, Ukraine is considered a promising and growing market for U.S. suppliers of textiles and apparel. The market size in this category is estimated at USD 2.8 billion, which is dominated by imports. The prospects for 2011-2015 are optimistic. U.S. market share, according to Global Trade Atlas statistics, has declined from 2.5% in 2009 to 1.7% in 2010. Ukraine can be an attractive place for outsourced fabrication.
Japan - The size of the Japanese production of high performance industrial fibers is estimated at US$5.9 billion. Despite current economic conditions, the world and Japanese markets are expected to grow over the next few years. High tech industrial fabrics for medical products, renewable energy and environmental products, transportation, and safety and protective products may have good potential in Japan.
Korea - Despite there being an economic downturn last year, Korea’s apparel industry has shown steady growth during the last few years with the rapid embrace of both foreign and local fashions, evolving retail channels, and an increasingly wider variety of apparel in the marketplace. Koreans are very brand conscious. Whether they are high end brands or American casuals, Korean consumers demand global fashion brands and they are heavily influenced by what Korean and Hollywood stars wear. Thus, very high-end products were never affected by the recession in Korea.
Poland - The apparel market is considered very campaign driven. Poles are highly receptive to marketing and advertising. The purchasing power of Polish consumers is rising steadily and the average Polish consumer can afford to and does spend more on clothing and footwear. They are becoming increasingly fashion conscious, and demanding higher quality and more sophisticated products.
Japan - U.S. companies who are interested in entering the market should have excellent business controls, dependable communication and the ability to produce and ship their products on time in addition to a unique and exciting collection of apparel. U.S. apparel exports to Japan have been increasing for the last three years and have shown more than a 10% increase for the first six months of 2010.
Saudi Arabia – This report focuses on the high-end segment of the apparel market, which is dominated by imports from Europe and the United States.
Taiwan - If you consider expanding your business overseas, Taiwan should be high on your agenda. Taiwan consumers spend approximately 3.5 – 4.0 percent of their household income on apparel.
Below are links to view trade data snapshots for selected NAICS codes. Additional trade data is available through the TradeStats Express Database.
|EICMA 2012 Motorcycle Trade Fair -- Automotive Parts/Services Eq., Sporting Goods/Recreational Eq.|
EICMA 2012 is the premier annual global trade event for the motorcycle sector. The last EICMA hosted 1,174 exhibitors on 135,000 sq. meters of exhibition space, and welcomed a half million visitors (50,000 trade visitors) from 110 countries. Besides being the #1 showcase for all brands of motorcycles, EICMA features Moped, Motorbike, scooters and tricycles (including electric); separate parts and accessories for motorbikes; a growing customizing segment; helmets, apparel, luggage and accessories of all types, as well as a showcase of services, such as for the tourism sector.
* Market Potential: According to ACEM (the professional body of the European Motorcycle Industry that represents the interests of 13 powered two-wheeler manufacturers producing more than 30 brands, and 15 national associations), Italy has the greatest number of motorcycles in Europe, (2.4 million mopeds smaller than 50cc and 6.3 million motorcycles greater than 50cc.). In 2011, almost 330,000 new vehicles were registered: over 253,000 vehicles over 50cm³ and over 75,000 mopeds under 50cm³. The Italian market offers interesting opportunities to those U.S. companies able to provide high-tech motorcycles, unique designs, accessories and safety devices, etc. The same is true for companies that produce hybrid and zero emission vehicles, a sector that has increased in its importance in recent years. In particular, the products that combine respect for the environment with features attractive for the demanding consumers hold the key to success. It is impossible to identify all the sub-sectors that could offer good opportunities to U.S. companies: ATVs, UTVs and Off-Road vehicles; Customized vehicles and accessories; Electronics; Gear and Apparel / Helmets / Luggage; Motorcycle tourism; Parts & Maintenance, Tools & Equipment; Racing & Performance; Safety and security devices; ‘Green' vehicles (including parts and components).
*In partnership with Marazita & Associates, the organizer of the USA Pavilion, the U.S. Commercial Service in Italy provides a range of services to U.S. exhibitors and visitors:
> Promotion campaign to hundreds of Italian distributors to inform them about the U.S. exhibitors
> No cost interpreter support staff at the event (former Commercial Service Milan office)
> A fee-based, special EICMA 2012 Commercial Service Matchmaking Service to identify possible distributors in the Italian market ($450)
> Commercial Service Milan coordinates participation by selected colleagues from other US Embassies in Europe, who will visiting EICMA 2012 and counseling U.S. exhibitors (as it was done in 2011 by our Automotive Team colleagues from Czech Rep, Germany and Sweden; and who will provide matchmaking activities with non-Italian distributors attending the event; and who will offer and carry out spin-off activities (e.g. GKS) in thier countries after EICMA with non-Italian distributors.
* Support for the USA Pavilion at EICMA is also provided by Commercial Service motorcycle expert Mr. Kristian Richardson, located in the Export Assistance Center in Phoenix, AZ. Don't hesitate to contact Kristian to discuss the wide range of Commercial Service activies and opportunities for companies, organizations (e.g. individual States tourism boards) that want to get involved in EICMA for the first tme!
|Vincent Marazita, Marazita & Associates|
|Kristian Richardson, Phoenix|
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 602 254-2907
|Andrea Rosa, Milan|
Phone: Direct +39 02 6268 8523 or Main +39 02 02 6268 851
|Michael Thompson, Trade Event Programs|
International Trade Specialist