Top Sewing Threads Exports by Country

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International sales for shipments of sewing threads totaled US$2.1 billion in 2018, dropping in value by -12.2% since 2014.

Further analyzing that overall total, sewing threads from man-made filaments were worth $1.2 billion compared to $724.4 million for sewing threads created from man-made staple fibers. Cotton sewing threads accounted for a smaller amount, $114.9 million in overall sales.

From a continental perspective, Asia ships about three-fifths (59.7%) of overall exported sewing threads trailed by European exporters at 28.3%. Smaller percentages came from North America (8%), Africa (2.4%), Latin America (1.6%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceania (0.02%) led by Australia.

The four-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefixes are: 5204 for cotton sewing threads; 5401 for sewing threads from man-made filaments; and, 5508 for sewing threads from man-made staple fibers.

Sewing Threads Exports by Country

All

Sewing Threads Exports: All materials

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of all materials referenced in this article declined by -12.2% from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $2.1 billion during 2018. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest overall dollar value worth of sewing threads.

  1. China: US$824.8 million (40.2% of overall exported sewing threads)
  2. Germany: $229.2 million (11.2%)
  3. United States: $145.1 million (7.1%)
  4. Hong Kong: $111.4 million (5.4%)
  5. Turkey: $61.6 million (3%)
  6. Hungary: $50.5 million (2.5%)
  7. Romania: $50.4 million (2.5%)
  8. South Korea: $47.5 million (2.3%)
  9. Italy: $44.8 million (2.2%)
  10. Egypt: $39.1 million (1.9%)
  11. United Kingdom: $39.1 million (1.9%)
  12. Japan: $38.4 million (1.9%)
  13. India: $35.9 million (1.7%)
  14. Netherlands: $24 million (1.2%)
  15. Czech Republic: $23.3 million (1.1%)

By value, the 15 countries listed above shipped 86% of total exported sewing threads during 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing sewing threads exporters since 2014 were: Netherlands (up 79.2%), Egypt (up 51.1%), Turkey (up 28%) and Czech Republic (up 14.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported sewing threads sales were led by: South Korea (down -45.9%), Italy (down -24.8%), China (down -13.7%), United States (down -9.3%) and Germany (down -3.9%).

Cotton

Sewing Threads Exports: Cotton

The value of exported sewing threads made from cotton declined by -38.7% from $187.5 million in 2014 to $114.9 million during 2018. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of cotton sewing threads during 2018.

  1. China: US$18.9 million (16.5% of exported cotton sewing threads)
  2. India: $16.3 million (14.2%)
  3. Turkey: $15.7 million (13.6%)
  4. Italy: $10.1 million (8.8%)
  5. Egypt: $5.2 million (4.5%)
  6. Hong Kong: $4.4 million (3.8%)
  7. Germany: $4.3 million (3.7%)
  8. United States: $3.9 million (3.4%)
  9. Spain: $3.5 million (3%)
  10. France: $2.8 million (2.4%)
  11. South Africa: $2.7 million (2.3%)
  12. Netherlands: $2.3 million (2%)
  13. Greece: $2 million (1.7%)
  14. Hungary: $1.7 million (1.5%)
  15. Romania: $1.6 million (1.4%)

By value, the above countries produced more than four-fifths (82.9%) of exported cotton sewing threads during 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of cotton sewing threads since 2014 were: Netherlands (up 250.6%), South Africa (up 97.8%), Turkey (up 63.8%) and Romania (up 43.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported cotton sewing threads sales were led by: Spain (down -57.3%), China (down -42.9%), Germany (down -42.2%), Hungary (down -41.9%) and France (down -32.9%).

Man-made Filaments

Sewing Threads Exports: Man-made Filaments

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made filaments declined by -4.9% from $1.3 billion in 2014 to $1.2 billion during 2018. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sewing threads from man-made filaments during 2018.

  1. China: US$376.5 million (31% of exported man-made filament sewing threads)
  2. Germany: $203.6 million (16.8%)
  3. United States: $107.3 million (8.8%)
  4. Hong Kong: $50.6 million (4.2%)
  5. Romania: $42.5 million (3.5%)
  6. Hungary: $39.4 million (3.2%)
  7. United Kingdom: $37.3 million (3.1%)
  8. Turkey: $31.6 million (2.61%)
  9. Japan: $31 million (2.55%)
  10. Italy: $28.9 million (2.4%)
  11. South Korea: $22.5 million (1.9%)
  12. Egypt: $20.9 million (1.7%)
  13. Czech Republic: $18.5 million (1.53%)
  14. Slovenia: $18.3 million (1.51%)
  15. Netherlands: $16.2 million (1.33%)

By value, the 15 countries listed above shipped 86.1% of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made filaments during 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of man-made filament sewing threads since 2014 were: Egypt (up 197%), Netherlands (up 164%), Turkey (up 32.8%) and Czech Republic (up 22.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported man-made filament sewing threads sales were led by: South Korea (down -44.4%), Italy (down -23.9%), United States (down -12.5%), Germany (down -5.5%) and China (down -0.7%).

Staple Fibers

Sewing Threads Exports: Man-made Staple Fibers

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made staple fibers declined by -17.1% from $873.9 million in 2014 to $724.4 million during 2018. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sewing threads from man-made staple fibers during 2018.

  1. China: US$429.3 million (59.3% of exported man-made staple fiber sewing threads)
  2. Hong Kong: $56.4 million (7.8%)
  3. United States: $33.9 million (4.7%)
  4. South Korea: $24 million (3.3%)
  5. Germany: $21.3 million (2.9%)
  6. Turkey: $14.3 million (2%)
  7. Egypt: $13 million (1.8%)
  8. Indonesia: $10.2 million (1.4%)
  9. Israel: $10 million (1.4%)
  10. Hungary: $9.5 million (1.3%)
  11. India: $7.3 million (1%)
  12. Romania: $6.3 million (0.9%)
  13. Japan: $6.2 million (0.9%)
  14. Oman: $6.1 million (0.8%)
  15. Italy: $5.8 million (0.8%)

By value, the 15 countries listed above shipped 90.2% of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made staple fibers during 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing man-made staple fiber sewing threads exporters since 2014 were: Oman (up 1,333%), India (up 53.7%), Germany (up 36.4%) and Romania (up 10.5%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported man-made staple fiber sewing threads sales were led by: South Korea (down -47.3%), Italy (down -40%), Indonesia (down -21.1%), China (down -20.9%) and Egypt (down -13.5%).



 

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