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 2017, dropping in value by -17.6% since 2013.

Deconstructing that overall total, sewing threads from man-made filaments were worth $1.1 billion compared to $662.6 million for sewing threads based on man-made staple fibers. Cotton sewing threads accounted for a smaller $107.7 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 -17.6% from $2.3 billion in 2013 to $1.9 billion during 2017. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest overall dollar value worth of sewing threads:

  1. China: US$747.2 million (39% of overall exported sewing threads)
  2. Germany: $199.8 million (10.4%)
  3. United States: $148.7 million (7.8%)
  4. Hong Kong: $107.8 million (5.6%)
  5. South Korea: $58.8 million (3.1%)
  6. Romania: $46.5 million (2.43%)
  7. Turkey: $46.1 million (2.41%)
  8. Italy: $43.7 million (2.3%)
  9. Hungary: $41.4 million (2.2%)
  10. Japan: $37.4 million (2%)
  11. India: $33.2 million (1.73%)
  12. United Kingdom: $32.5 million (1.7%)
  13. Egypt: $28 million (1.5%)
  14. Czech Republic: $22.9 million (1.2%)
  15. Mexico: $21.2 million (1.1%)

The 15 countries listed above shipped 84.3% of total exported sewing threads during 2017.

Three countries increased their overall exports of sewing threads since 2013 namely Hungary (up 62.5%), Czech Republic (up 28.7%) and the United States (up 18.9%).

Leading the decliners were: South Korea (down -38%), Mexico (down -25.8%), China (down -20.9%), India (down -20.5%) and Italy (down -18.2%).

Cotton

Sewing Threads Exports: Cotton

The value of exported sewing threads made from cotton declined by -42.2% from $186.4 million in 2013 to $107.4 million during 2017. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of cotton sewing threads during 2017.

  1. China: US$17.4 million (16.2% of exported cotton sewing threads)
  2. India: $17.2 million (15.9%)
  3. Italy: $9.2 million (8.5%)
  4. Egypt: $7.9 million (7.3%)
  5. Turkey: $6.2 million (5.8%)
  6. Germany: $4.6 million (4.2%)
  7. Hong Kong: $3.9 million (3.7%)
  8. Spain: $3.7 million (3.4%)
  9. Pakistan: $3.2 million (3%)
  10. United States: $3.1 million (2.9%)
  11. South Africa: $2.1 million (2%)
  12. France: $2.1 million (1.9%)
  13. United Kingdom: $1.8 million (1.7%)
  14. Greece: $1.7 million (1.6%)
  15. Oman: $1.6 million (1.5%)

The above countries produced about four-fifths (79.5%) of exported cotton sewing threads during 2017.

South Africa was the sole supplier which increased its international sales of cotton sewing threads from 2013 to 2017 via a 60.2% improvement.

Declining at the fastest pace were cotton sewing threads exported from Pakistan (down -70.5%), Greece (down -57.5%), Oman (down -54.8%), Germany (down -48.5%), United States (down -45.8%) and China (down -44.4%).

Man-made Filaments

Sewing Threads Exports: Man-made Filaments

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made filaments declined by -7.1% from $1.2 billion in 2013 to $1.1 billion during 2017. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sewing threads from man-made filaments during 2017.

  1. China: US$350.2 million (30.6% of exported man-made filaments)
  2. Germany: $192.3 million (16.8%)
  3. United States: $120.2 million (10.5%)
  4. Hong Kong: $48.7 million (4.3%)
  5. Romania: $39.9 million (3.5%)
  6. Japan: $32.1 million (2.8%)
  7. Hungary: $31.4 million (2.74%)
  8. United Kingdom: $31.2 million (2.72%)
  9. Turkey: $31.2 million (2.72%)
  10. Italy: $30.3 million (2.6%)
  11. South Korea: $23.3 million (2%)
  12. Czech Republic: $18.9 million (1.6%)
  13. Mexico: $15.8 million (1.4%)
  14. Slovenia: $15.3 million (1.34%)
  15. Taiwan: $14.8 million (1.29%)

The 15 countries listed above shipped 86.9% of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made filaments during 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing sewing threads exporters since 2013 were: Czech Republic (up 36.9%), Turkey (up 32.2%), United States (up 23.9%) and Hungary (up 17.4%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported sewing threads sales were led by: South Korea (down -49.8%), Mexico (down -32.9%), Germany (down -9.8%), Italy (down -9.7%) and Taiwan (down -8.5%).

Staple Fibers

Sewing Threads Exports: Man-made Staple Fibers

The value of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made staple fibers declined by -26.8% from $905.5 million in 2013 to $662.6 million during 2017. Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sewing threads from man-made staple fibers during 2017.

  • China: US$381.5 million (57.6% of exported man-made staple fiber threads)
  • Hong Kong: $57.3 million (8.7%)
  • South Korea: $30.4 million (4.6%)
  • United States: $26.1 million (3.9%)
  • Germany: $18.5 million (2.8%)
  • Turkey: $12.6 million (1.9%)
  • Egypt: $12.2 million (1.8%)
  • Israel: $10.7 million (1.6%)
  • Indonesia: $9.7 million (1.5%)
  • Hungary: $8.3 million (1.3%)
  • India: $6.1 million (0.9%)
  • Romania: $6.1 million (0.9%)
  • Netherlands: $5.7 million (0.9%)
  • France: $5.7 million (0.9%)
  • Italy: $5.7 million (0.9%)
  • The 15 countries listed above shipped 90.1% of exported sewing threads consisting of man-made staple fibers during 2017.

    Four countries increased their international sales of man-made staple fiber threads since 2013 namely Egypt (up 198%), Israel (up 94.2%), Hungary (up 43%) and Netherlands (up 6.7%).

    Those countries that posted declines in their exported sewing threads sales were led by: Italy (down -44.3%), South Korea (down -43.3%), Indonesia (down -38.3%), China (down -32.3%) and United States (down -26.8%).



     

    See also Top Exported Baby Clothing Sales, T-shirt Exports by Country, Top Exported Hats by Country and Leather Shoes Exports by Country

    Research Sources:
    Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on August 29, 2018

    Wikipedia, Thread (Yarn). Accessed on August 29, 2018