The global garment trade has been a major component of the world economy for quite a long time. Total apparel exports worldwide were worth approximately $412 billion as of 2011, and global textile exports were worth $294 billion. China exports more clothes that any other territory in the world. East Asia exports over five times as many clothes as any other region. Between 60 and 75 people were employed in the textile, clothing and footwear sector worldwide as of 2014.
Seven percent of all earnings from international trade come from clothing exports. This category includes cloth as well as clothes, footwear and bags. Cloth may be imported from one territory, sewn into a garment in a second territory, and then exported for sale in a third territory; throughout this process, the materials will usually gain value.
If you are a clothing and accessories exporter, then among the best prospect markets for your goods are Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Thailand. Learn more about iContainers' services for the export of clothing and accessories from the US.
Maritime transport-international delivery of goods via sea-can take anywhere from 15 to 25 days to the Mediterranean, 15 to 18 days across the Atlantic Ocean, 30 to 35 days via the Pacific, and 8 to 25 days to Asia. Anyone arranging a shipment must factor in time for customs clearance and for any unexpected delays that may occur. Because of this, we encourage you to allow at least three months for shipment and delivery of your goods.
Depending on the volume of goods to be shipped, an exporter will choose either a full container load (FCL) or a less-than-container load (LCL), also known as groupage, for his or her shipment.
You may wish to note that a 20-foot container can carry 10 standard pallets (about 39 cubic yards of goods), and a 40-foot container has capacity for 22 standard pallets (roughly 75.5 cubic yards of goods).
If your shipment volume is at least five standard pallets or 20 cubic yards, your more economical choice will be FCL. If your shipment is smaller, groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL) will be the most cost-effective. FCL is still the better choice if you wish to keep your goods separate from those of other exporters.
While air transport places certain limitations on shipment volume, it can be an excellent option in certain circumstances. Some garments, and a good number of accessories, are high in value but make for low-volume shipments; in such cases, air transport can help with high stock turnover in a way that represents good value. In other instances, the ability to deliver products quickly makes a real difference-and air transport is ideally suited for that, allowing for much faster shipping than maritime transport.
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