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After the economic recession, which severely affected the country’s industrial performance, Brazil’s textile and apparel industry has finally achieved some success in terms of its textile and apparel exports, especially exports to Arabic markets.
According to recent figures from the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), Brazilian exports of textiles and apparel to the Arab World have surged during the first two months of 2017, increasing by 87.5% from the same period a year ago, reaching USD 3 million up from USD 1.6 million in January and February 2016. This significant growth has mainly been led by the increasing demand for synthetic fabric and sisal rope used in ships and rigs in the Arab markets.
The Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association (ABIT) also reported that sales from rope exports accounted for USD 1 million, while beachwear, textile yarns and inner garments also rose during the two months. ABIT’s survey of exports covers various parts of the production chain including raw materials such as fibers, yarns and filaments, as well as technical and non-fabric industrial textiles, and clothing.
Commenting on Brazil’s export growth to Arab markets, Michel Alaby, Secretary General and CEO from ABCC said: “Brazil’s textile exports performance during the first two months of the year signify the steady growth of the country’s market share in the sector as the Arab World continues to look for quality materials, not only in raw materials but also with finished goods.”
Meanwhile, “the Arab consumer base has a discerning taste for luxury and exclusivity in clothing and apparel and this segment remains promising for the Brazilian export sector. It is worth noting that the continued support of industry groups coupled with innovative business strategies, have played an important role for the growth of the Brazilian textile in the Arab region.”
Currently, the Arab countries are some of Brazil’s largest markets for textile and apparel exports, particularly for segments such as party wear, children’s wear, and beach wear. Based on ABIT’s latest data, the United Arab Emirates had the highest imports of Brazilian textiles and clothing during this period, followed by Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon.
To boost Brazilian textile and apparel industry exports, the Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Agency (Apex-Brazil) have launched the Texbrasil program, which serves to benefit affiliated exporters. Official figures showed that Brazilian textile and apparel companies that have participated in the program expanded their export markets to Arab countries by 40% in 2016, with a total value reaching USD 4.1 million in 2016 from USD 2.9 million in 2015.
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