Lille (France), Jan 27: European clothing firms are ditching their local suppliers and are opting more and more for cheaper imports from Asia, especially China, according to
a French study released yesterday.
Around 75 per cent of clothes bought by the firms come
from outside the European Union, with 64 per cent from Asia
and 36 per cent from china alone, the study from the
Lille-based French Fashion Institute (IFM) said.
Evelyne Chaballier, one of the report's authors, said
that after import tariffs were scrapped on clothes from Asia
in 2005 there was an initial spike in the amount of textiles
This "slide towards Asia" has continued ever since and is
set to last on into 2008, Chaballier said.
The 48 distributors, manufacturers and labels in Europe
surveyed by IFM expected their imports from Asia, Eastern
Europe and North Africa to grow over the next three years,
while those from their own countries and the rest of Europe