OTEXA identifies top export markets for U.S. textile and apparel

The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) recently released its 2012 Going Global Report, which identifies 15 top export markets for U.S. made textiles and apparel. The report also includes statistical profile of these 15 countries, including their GDP per capita, GDP growth and bilateral trade with the United States in recent years.

It is interesting to note that the top export markets for textile and for apparel are very different. Wonder why? Please think about the “stages of development theory” we discussed in class.

HS code refers to the “Harmonized tariff schedule” (HS), a classification system for commodities. Textile and apparel are covered by HS code chapter 50-63. Detailed list can be found at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index.htm

The report can be downloaded from here

Author: Sheng Lu

Professor @ University of Delaware

3 thoughts on “OTEXA identifies top export markets for U.S. textile and apparel”

  1. In class we talked a lot about differences in apparel and textile exports. This chart emphasizes what we did in Assignment 3. Countries like the U.S. create textiles and export them to be completed. The U.S. has the capital and technology to build complex things like airplanes. Chinas has the labor force to create cheap textiles. This goes back to the factor proportion theory we talked about in class. It is interesting that Australia is on there because we haven’t talked about their industry at all.

    1. I agree. When i was looking at the chart, all of the countries listed where all the ones that we discussed in class, all of which is explained if it is a capital or labor based country. Australia was definitely a curve ball though, again since we did not discuss them in class and since a lot of there inventory is imported. My friend studied abroad there and said how expensive everything was, and my first thought was because they had to import everything to their country.

  2. This chart clearly shows which countries export the most to the least amount of textile and apparel products. It reflects a lot of what assignment 3 was focused on. Countries need to export products they can produce in order for entire garments to eventually be put together. Clothes require several steps to become the final product, this in turn requires several exports from countries that specialize in each step.

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