Which Country Exports the Most Pantyhose and Tights in the World?

Knitted and Crocheted Apparel May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the amount of pantyhose exported worldwide totaled 714K tonnes, jumping by 12% against the previous year figure. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.5% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014, when export increased by 13% y-o-y. Over the period under review, global pantyhose exports attained its maximum volume in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, pantyhose exports stood at $12B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +3.0% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. Over the period under review, global pantyhose exports attained its maximum level of $14B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Pantyhose Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (5,396.9 million USD)

2. Turkey (1,036.3 million USD)

3. Italy (787.4 million USD)

4. Germany (567.1 million USD)

5. Netherlands (337.5 million USD)

6. Pakistan (310.0 million USD)

7. Belgium (296.4 million USD)

8. USA (275.5 million USD)

9. El Salvador (205.3 million USD)

10. Honduras (194.4 million USD)

11. Portugal (155.9 million USD)

12. United Kingdom (147.7 million USD)

Pantyhose Exports By Country

China (307K tonnes) was the largest exporting country with an export of around 307K tonnes, which recorded 43% of total exports. It was distantly followed by Turkey (72K tonnes), achieving 10% share of total pantyhose exports. Italy (29K tonnes), Honduras (24K tonnes), the UK (24K tonnes), Germany (19K tonnes), Portugal (18K tonnes), El Salvador (17K tonnes), Belgium (16K tonnes), Pakistan (16K tonnes), the U.S. (16K tonnes), and the Netherlands (16K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

Exports from China increased at an average annual rate of +10.0% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, El Salvador (+21.4%), Honduras (+13.4%), the UK (+13.0%), Pakistan (+7.6%), Belgium (+7.1%), the Netherlands (+4.5%), Germany (+4.2%), and Turkey (+1.7%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, El Salvador emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +21.4% from 2007-2016. Portugal experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Italy (-2.2%), and the U.S. (-8.7%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. From 2007 to 2016, the share of the U.S. increased by 3% percentage points, while El Salvador (-1.9%), the UK (-2.3%), Honduras (-2.3%), and China (-24.7%) saw their share reduced. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($5.4B) remains the largest pantyhose supplier in the world, making up 44% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Turkey ($1B), with the share of 8% of global exports. It was followed by Italy, with the share of 6%.

In China, pantyhose exports stood at an average annual rate of +7.1% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Turkey (+2.1% per year) and Italy (-5.5% per year).

Pantyhose Export Prices By Country

The average pantyhose export price stood at $17 per kg in 2016, reducing by -13.7% against the previous year. Overall, pantyhose export price continues to indicate a mild curtailment. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, when export increased by 14% from the previous year level. Global pantyhose export peaked of $23 per kg in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Germany ($29 per kg), while the UK ($6,128 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of pantyhose export prices was attained by the U.S. (+5.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Pantyhose And Tights - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025