Export of clothing and accessories from the US

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.

Door-to-door service to export clothing and accessories from the US

iContainers offers door-to-door service from the US to Spain and to Taiwan that allows for real control of your shipments and greater security of delivery. This service includes the following:

  • Online quotes and instant reservations for container transport for your goods-just provide the zip codes for your shipment’s pickup and ultimate destination. We are the only business to offer this type of service.
  • Pickup of goods at the address you’ve indicated, and efficient transport to the port from which they will be shipped.
  • Shipment of your goods to the US port you indicate.
  • Processing of customs clearance (excluding fees and duties).
  • Transport of your goods from the US port of arrival to the final address you’ve indicated.

You can get an instant quote using the iContainers calculator; by calling us at +34 911980990; or by emailing us at comercialb2b@icontainers.com.

Transit times for maritime transport

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.

Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

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.

Air transport to export clothing and accessories to the US

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.

Principal destination ports for the export of clothing and accessories from the US

Ports of China:

  • Port of Shanghai This is the busiest commercial port in the world, and is managed by the Shanghai International Port Group; it handled over 35 million TEUs of goods in 2014.
  • Port of Ningbo Officially known as the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, this port’s combined capacity is 17 million TEUs.
  • Port of Hong Kong This is a deep-water port managed by the Hong Kong Marine Department. It deals largely in passenger, raw materials, and containerized manufactured products.

Ports of Japan:

  • Port of Tokyo This port, with an annual traffic capacity of about 4,500,000 TEU’s, is one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean basin.
  • Port of Kobe In 2011, over four thousand container vessels called here, carrying 93.4 million gross tons and almost two million TEUs of containerized cargo.
  • Port of Osaka Osaka’s port handled a total of 85.3 million tons of cargo in 2010, including 35.12 million tons of foreign trade and 50.1 million tons of domestic trade.

Ports of the United Kingdom:

  • Port of Belfast Belfast Harbour handled more than 25 million tons of goods in 2014; turnover exceeded $78 million USD in 2013.
  • London The Port of London was the second-largest port in the United Kingdom in 2012 in terms of tonnage handled, at 48 million tons. It is governed by the Port of London Authority.

Ports of Germany:

  • Ports of Bremen These ports, serving both Bremen and Bremerhaven, are managed by Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Port of Hamburg This port features four state-of-the-art container terminals, almost 300 berths along more than 26 miles of quay walls for seagoing vessels, and around 50 facilities specializing in the handling of project shipments and bulk cargoes.

Ports of South Korea:

  • Port of Busan This is the world’s fifth-largest container port as of 2013, and is South Korea’s primary port.

Ports of the Netherlands:

  • Port of Rotterdam The port of Rotterdam is run by the Port Rotterdam Authority, and handles nearly 550 million tons of goods annually.