Romania imported from the rest of the world clothes with a total value of EUR 1.62 billion last year, up 12 percent compared with 2017, as rapid wage increases boosted the appetite for shopping.
According to the latest Eurostat data, Romania imported last year clothes of EUR 1.28 billion from other EU countries and of EUR 335 million from non-EU countries.
The 28 EU member states imported clothes worth EUR 166 billion in 2018, just over half of which came from non-EU member states (51 percent, or EUR 84 billion).
Compared to 2013, import of clothing to the EU member states increased in value by 25 percent.
In 2018, EUR 116 billion of clothes were exported by the EU member states, the majority of which went to other EU Member States (77 percent, or EUR 89 billion).
Romania exported last year clothes worth EUR 2.5 billion – EUR 2.38 billion to other EU countries and EUR 124 million to non-EU countries.
In 2018, EUR 17 billion-worth of clothes were imported by Germany from non-EU member states (20 percent of total extra-EU imports of clothes imports by value).
This makes Germany the largest EU importer of clothing from non-EU countries, ahead of the United Kingdom (over EUR 12 billion, 15 percent) and Spain (EUR 12 billion, 14 percent), followed by France (EUR 10 billion, 12 percent), the Netherlands (EUR 10 billion, 11 percent) and Italy (EUR 8 billion, 9 percent).
Imports of clothes from non-EU countries came mainly from China (EUR 27 billion, or 32 percent of total extra-EU clothes), Bangladesh (EUR 16 billion, 19 percent) and Turkey (EUR 10 billion, 12 percent), followed by India (EUR 5 billion, 6 percent), Cambodia (EUR 4 billion, 5 percent), Vietnam (over EUR 3 billion, 4 percent), Morocco and Pakistan (both EUR 3 billion, 3 percent).