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Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Mexico

  • January 2015
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  • Textiles Intelligence
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  • 44 pages

Mexico's textile and clothing industry employed almost 415,000 workers in 2013, of whom 74% were in clothing. Furthermore, the industry provides livelihoods for many more people in support activities and a large number of operatives work in clandestine workshops which do not register their employees. However, textile and clothing exports have fallen from their peak and in 2013 they were 43% lower than the figure achieved in 2000 after six years of rapid growth following the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Furthermore, imports exceeded exports by US$2.24 bn in 2013, reflecting the industry's heavy reliance on imported raw materials. The industry also relies heavily on the USA as a market for its exports but it has suffered in the US market as a result of growing competition from China. It has also suffered from Chinese competition in the domestic market. Between 2008 and 2013 Mexican clothing imports from China grew by 559%, and in 2013 alone they were up by 42%. However, the industry can look forward to a bright future. Mexico is forecast to become the largest economy in Central and South America within ten years, and it is clawing back some competitiveness in the USA and seeking to expand its reach in other markets. Also, there is scope for higher sales in the domestic market, given that Mexico has a population of 120.3 mn which is becoming increasingly prosperous and given that high spending younger age groups account for a large proportion of this total.

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Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Mexico
List of contents
SUMMARY
IMPORTANCE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TO
THE ECONOMY OF MEXICO
DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN
MEXICO
Capacity expansion and modernisation
Fibre consumption
Exports
Export markets
Number of enterprises and employment
Foreign direct investment (FDI)
MEXICO: GEOGRAPHICAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PROFILE
Geographical profile
Political profile
Economic profile
MEXICO: INFRASTRUCTURE
Transportation
Air
Railways
Navigable rivers and coastal canals
Roads
Seaports
Telecommunications
MEXICO: HUMAN RESOURCES
SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING
INDUSTRY IN MEXICO
Geographical location
Competitiveness
Maquiladora operations
Vertical integration
Consolidation and concentration
Geographical concentration
Capacity expansion
Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Mexico
MEXICO: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING PRODUCTION AND
CONSUMPTION
Cotton production
Fibre consumption
Clothing
MEXICO: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS
MEXICO: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
MEXICO: FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) IN THE TEXTILE
AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN MEXICO: GOVERNMENT POLICIES,
INVESTMENT INCENTIVES AND EXPORT INCENTIVES
Government policies
Financial services
Manufacturing
Regional and special industry development
Investment incentives
Export incentives
Ministry of Economy export programmes
Industrial parks
Strategic bonded warehouse regime
Import duty drawback
Sectorial Relief Programs (SRPs)
Financial assistance
TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN MEXICO: STRENGTHS,
WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS
Strengths
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Threats
Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Mexico v

List of tables

Table 1: Mexico: political and economic profile, 2014
Table 2: Mexico: economic indicators, 2011-13
Table 3: Mexico: employment in the textile and clothing industry, 2008-13
Table 4: Mexico: number of enterprises in the clothing industry, 2008-13
Table 5: Mexico: breakdown of clothing companies by size and employment, 2013
Table 6: Mexico: breakdown of clothing companies by size and employment in the State of
Mexico and the Federal District (Mexico City), 2013
Table 7: Mexico: fibre consumption by fibre type, 2007-12
Table 8: Mexico: textile and clothing exports, 2008-13
Table 9: Mexico: textile exports by type, 2008-13
Table 10: Mexico: clothing exports by type, 2008-13
Table 11: Mexico: textile exports by leading destination, 2008-13
Table 12: Mexico: clothing exports by leading destination, 2008-13
Table 13: Mexico: textile and clothing imports, 2008-13
Table 14: Mexico: textile imports by type, 2008-13
Table 15: Mexico: clothing imports by type, 2008-13
Table 16: Mexico: textile imports by leading supplier, 2008-13
Table 17: Mexico: clothing imports by leading supplier, 2008-13
Table 18: Mexico: foreign direct investment (FDI) in the textile and clothing industry, 2008-13

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