Top Sewing Threads Exports by Country

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Sewing threads spools

Worldwide sales for shipments of sewing threads totaled US$1.9 billion in 2016, dropping in value by -13.9% since 2012.

Deconstructing that overall total, sewing threads from man-made filaments were worth $1.1 billion compared to $689.9 million for sewing threads based on man-made staple fibers. Cotton sewing threads accounted for a smaller $130.4 million in international sales.

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 -13.9% from $2.3 billion in 2012 to $1.9 billion during 2016. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest overall dollar value worth of sewing threads during 2016:

  1. China: US$769.1 million (39.5% of overall exported sewing threads)
  2. Germany: $197 million (10.1%)
  3. United States: $143.6 million (7.4%)
  4. Hong Kong: $107.4 million (5.5%)
  5. South Korea: $60.1 million (3.1%)
  6. Turkey: $47.5 million (2.43%)
  7. Romania: $46.8 million (2.4%)
  8. Italy: $46 million (2.36%)
  9. Hungary: $41.4 million (2.1%)
  10. Japan: $37.6 million (1.9%)
  11. United Kingdom: $32 million (1.6%)
  12. Czech Republic: $22.7 million (1.17%)
  13. Taiwan: $22.4 million (1.15%)
  14. Mexico: $21.1 million (1.1%)
  15. Slovenia: $18.2 million (0.9%)

The 15 countries listed above shipped 82.7% of total exported sewing threads during 2016.

Five countries increased their overall exports of sewing threads since 2012: Hungary (up 71.4%), Czech Republic (up 30.9%), United States (up 16.2%), Slovenia (up 11.4%) and Turkey (up 7.9%).

Leading the decliners were: South Korea (down -40.1%), Mexico (down -26%), Germany (down -19.8%), Japan (down -17.5%) and Taiwan (down -17.4%).

Cotton

Sewing Threads Exports: Cotton

The value of exported sewing threads made from cotton declined by -21.3% from $165.6 million in 2012 to $130.4 million during 2016. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of cotton sewing threads during 2016:

  1. Pakistan: US$25.5 million (19.6% of exported cotton sewing threads)
  2. China: $20.9 million (16%)
  3. India: $15.1 million (11.6%)
  4. Italy: $8 million (6.1%)
  5. Turkey: $7 million (5.4%)
  6. Egypt: $5 million (3.9%)
  7. Germany: $4.2 million (3.2%)
  8. United States: $3.8 million (2.9%)
  9. Hong Kong: $3.8 million (2.9%)
  10. Spain: $3.5 million (2.7%)
  11. France: $2.6 million (2%)
  12. Greece: $2.2 million (1.7%)
  13. Vietnam: $1.6 million (1.2%)
  14. South Korea: $1.6 million (1.2%)
  15. Slovenia: $1.5 million (1.2%)

The above countries produced 81.7% of exported cotton sewing threads during 2016.

The fastest-growing exporters of cotton sewing threads since 2012 were: Vietnam (up 1,699%), South Korea (up 44.2%), Pakistan (up 33.1%), Slovenia (up 19.6%) and Hong Kong (up 10.2%).

Declining at the fastest pace were cotton sewing threads exported from Germany (down -56.8%), Spain (down -46.2%), Greece (down -35.4%), Italy (down -32.2%) and China (down -26.1%).

Man-made Filaments

Sewing Threads Exports: Man-made Filaments

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made filaments declined by -6% from $1.2 billion in 2012 to $1.1 billion during 2016. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sewing threads from man-made filaments during 2016:

  1. China: US$348.3 million (30.9% of exported man-made filament threads)
  2. Germany: $176.7 million (15.7%)
  3. United States: $119.5 million (10.6%)
  4. Hong Kong: $46.5 million (4.1%)
  5. Romania: $39.3 million (3.5%)
  6. Hungary: $31.9 million (2.8%)
  7. Japan: $31.3 million (2.8%)
  8. United Kingdom: $29.7 million (2.6%)
  9. Italy: $28.8 million (2.6%)
  10. Turkey: $27.3 million (2.4%)
  11. South Korea: $27 million (2.4%)
  12. Mexico: $18.6 million (1.6%)
  13. Czech Republic: $17.8 million (1.6%)
  14. Taiwan: $14.4 million (1.28%)
  15. Slovenia: $14.1 million (1.25%)

The 15 countries listed above shipped 86.1% of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made filaments during 2016.

The fastest-growing exporters of sewing threads from man-made filaments since 2012 were: Hungary (up 88.4%), Czech Republic (up 46%), United States (up 42.8%), Turkey (up 25.6%) and Slovenia (up 8.5%).

Declining at the fastest pace were exporters in South Korea (down -32.9%), Mexico (down -26%), Germany (down -17.7%) and Japan (down -14%).

Staple Fibers

Sewing Threads Exports: Man-made Staple Fibers

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made staple fibers declined by -23.2% from $899 million in 2012 to $689.9 million during 2016. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sewing threads from man-made staple fibers during 2016:

  1. China: US$399.9 million (58% of exported man-made staple fiber threads)
  2. Hong Kong: $57.1 million (8.3%)
  3. South Korea: $31.5 million (4.6%)
  4. United States: $20.3 million (2.9%)
  5. Egypt: $19.3 million (2.8%)
  6. Germany: $16.1 million (2.3%)
  7. Turkey: $13.1 million (1.9%)
  8. Vietnam: $10.1 million (1.5%)
  9. Indonesia: $10 million (1.4%)
  10. Israel: $9.3 million (1.4%)
  11. Italy: $9.2 million (1.3%)
  12. Hungary: $8.1 million (1.2%)
  13. Taiwan: $6.8 million (1%)
  14. Romania: $6.3 million (0.9%)
  15. Malaysia: $5.9 million (0.8%)

The 15 countries listed above shipped 90.3% of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made staple fibers during 2016.

The fastest-growing exporters of sewing threads from man-made staple fibers since 2012 were: Egypt (up 322.5%), Hungary (up 107.9%), Israel (up 60%), Malaysia (up 22%) and Vietnam (up 17.6%).

Leading the decliners were: Indonesia (down -63.5%), South Korea (down -46.6%), United States (down -42.1%), China (down -26%) and Germany (down -24.6%).



 

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Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on December 5, 2017

Wikipedia, Thread (Yarn). Accessed on December 5, 2017