Egypt’s Women’s Clothing Exports Soar to $2.2 Billion in 11 Months of 2023, with Spain Leading European Demand


Egypt’s apparel industry has experienced a significant surge in exports, reaching a remarkable $2.2 billion during the first 11 months of 2023. Marie Louis Bishara, the President of the Egyptian Apparel Export Council, shared the exciting news, highlighting the substantial growth in the sector’s contributions to the global market. This article explores the key insights into Egypt’s booming garment exports, with a focus on the notable increase in trade with Spain and other European nations.

Expanding Horizons in the European Market:

The European Union remains a crucial market for Egyptian ready-made garments, with exports witnessing a commendable 6% growth. From January to November 2023, the sector’s exports to the EU amounted to $467 million, up from $439 million during the same period in 2022. Spain emerged as the leading European importer, showcasing a robust increase of 33% in the value of clothing imports – rising from $87 million in 2022 to an impressive $116 million in the first 11 months of 2023.

Notable Growth in Specific European Markets:

Spain’s significant surge in importing Egyptian clothing is a testament to the quality and appeal of Egypt’s garment industry. The Netherlands also demonstrated a positive trend, experiencing a 5% increase in imports to reach $62 million, compared to $59 million in 2022. Turkey proved to be another promising market, with clothing exports soaring to $215 million from $140 million, reflecting a remarkable 54% increase.

Strengthening Ties with Arab Countries:

Beyond Europe, Egypt’s garment sector has strengthened its ties with Arab countries, leading to substantial increases in exports. Saudi Arabia emerged as a key player, recording an impressive 68% surge in imports, reaching $89 million during the first 11 months of 2023, compared to $53 million in the same period of 2022. The positive trend extended to Libya, where clothing exports surged to a record $60 million, an 82% increase from the previous year’s $33 million.

Egypt’s apparel industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience and growth, establishing itself as a key player in the global market. The surge in women’s clothing exports to Spain and other European nations, as well as the strengthened ties with Arab countries, highlights the sector’s adaptability and competitiveness. As the industry continues to expand its international footprint, Egypt’s garment exports are poised for further success, contributing significantly to the country’s economic prosperity.

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