Markets And Trade

Egypt’s exports of textiles represented 5.1% of the total exports in 2016. Overall, cotton (HS 52) has the largest share of textile related exports (47%), followed by Special woven or tufted fabric, lace, tapestry etc. (HS 58). Yet, cotton exports have witnessed a decline since 2014. Manmade staple fibers (HS 55) have also witnessed a decline since 2015, while the Special woven or tufted fabric, lace, tapestry etc. (HS 58) and the knitted or crocheted fabric (HS 60) have witnessed an increase in 2016. Egypt’s imports of Silk, Cotton and Man-made staple fibers showed an upward trend until 2016. The Exports of nonwovens have been also increasing over time and is not just used in the textiles value chain. Rather, it is used in other manufacturing and industries like medical materials like surgical gowns, drapes and masks, filters like vacuum bags, pharmaceuticals, pillows, etc. There is a trade deficit in textiles products of around USD 1.7 billion. This is a reflection to the missing links in the local value-chain between textile manufacturers and RMG, which is driven by both quality and cost.

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