Thinking of exporting denim jeans? Made in American jeans are a big part of consumer goods exported from America, with products being notably populate in the European, which has seen sustained grother for the products, among others markets around the world. The latest data from the American Apparel and Footwear Association shows U.S. jean exports shot up 45.7% in the first two months of 2013. Metchek says the U.S. exported nearly $36 million in premium denim to Europe last year.
On April 18th, 2013 the E.U announced a sharp rise on the import taxes of women´s denim made in the U.S from 12% to 38%, to come into effect from the 1st May 2013. This massive increase in tariff rates has proved difficult for many U.S exporters of denim who have largely had to sacrifice margins on their side, so as not to be priced out of the European. The manner in which the tax hick was announced exaggerated damages to the U.S. The announcement came just days before the increase went into effect, and hit shipments as they cleared customs, not as there were shipped out, meaning that denim already shipped out to Europe earlier in April was subject to the tax increase. This has also affected the European market restricting consumers’ choice. Such short warning times are unusual with tariff rates but you should be aware of this.
The White House reportedly notified Congress that it was to begin talks with the E.U. on a free-trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, this can be a lengthy process before any changes are made but it is worth being aware of changes to tariffs as there impacts can have drastic knock on effects as already mentioned.