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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.

Featured Events

OTEXA Trade Events

OTEXA Trade Events
– The Office of Textiles and Apparel often updates upcoming trade events that span the industry and take place around the world.

Featured Webinars

To register for notifications of future, textile and apparel related webinars and to access archived presentations, click here.

Featured Resources

Made in the USA Sourcing Database- Designed as a tool for anyone seeking to locate or source Made-in-U.S.A. textiles, apparel, and footwear products.

Going Global Guide
- 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 you’re 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.

Selected Market Reports

Market research and reports are available through the U.S. Commercial Service’s global network. Your local office can provide additional material and information specific to your products or services. Reports generally 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.

View a Trade Data Snapshot

Below are links to view trade data snapshots for selected NAICS codes. Additional trade data is available through the TradeStats Express Database.

Detailed Event Information For ISPO 2013 Detailed Event Information For ISPO 2013
ISPO 2013 -- Apparel, Footwear, Sporting Goods/Recreational Eq., Textile Fabrics
Location/Date: Munich, Germany 02/03/2013 - 02/06/2013
Event Summary:
SERVICES: Commercial specialists Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach and Kelly Smith-Glover will attend ISPO Winter 2013 to counsel and assist American companies exhibiting at the trade fair, and to collect latest industry and market trends. Prior to the show, they will conduct promotional campaigns to sporting industry contacts and publish the U.S. exhibitors on Germany to advertise their products and services. The promotion of the U.S. exhibitors will also be extended to other countries in order to provide U.S. exhibitors with business leads, market research and distributor lists on a broader basis. U.S. manufacturers interested in this promotional service should contact BACKGROUND: ISPO Winter is Europe's leading sporting goods trade fair and an excellent venue to expand sporting goods business internationally. The 2012 event attracted 2,344 exhibitors from 51 countries and close to 80,000 in-the-trade visitors from more than 100 countries. ISPO Winter 2013, which will take place from Feb. 3-6 in Munich, will once again demonstrate its dynamism. See information about the Munich ISPO Winter show at: IMPORTANT NOTE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR): The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany is proactively engaged in defending American companies against counterfeit and copyright infringement. IPR is an important part of corporate value and international competitiveness. U.S. trademark, design and patent rights do not of themselves provide protection in Germany or the rest of the European Union (EU); U.S. companies must protect their IPR here in Europe. It is possible to register in countries individually or, for EU-wide trademark and design protection, there are a Community Trademark (CTM) and Registered Community Design (RCD). These provide a single right that protects industrial design or trademark in the entire 25-nation EU mega-market of 450 million people. Both national trademarks and the CTM can be registered through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. Commercial Service can provide information on EU-wide protection for IPR and defend IPR in Europe at trade fairs. More information is available on our website: Please also visit our website to obtain info about U.S. Commercial Service programs and services designed to help U.S. exporters succeed in the German and European markets, and about VAT recovery procedures.

Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach, Munich
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +49 89 2888 748
Kelly A. Smith-Glover, Munich
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 49-89-2888-769
Kerstin Leckebusch, Neue Messe M√ľnchen

Phone: 49 89 949 20161

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