As an influential textile and apparel procurement fair in Australia, the three-day 2019 China Clothing Textile Accessories Expo 2019 opened at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on November 12th. The exhibition is hosted by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel and the Department of Commerce of Jiangsu Province. The exhibition is divided into several exhibition areas of clothing, home textiles and fabrics, shoes and bags, underwear and accessories. The Xiamen exhibition area has been specially set up. The categories of exhibits include: casual wear, suits, sportswear, women’s wear, children’s wear, underwear, swimwear, tooling/uniforms, home textiles, fabrics, shoes, bags, hats, scarves and many other categories. There are 501 booths in this exhibition, and the scale of the exhibition has reached a record high.
For China’s foreign trade enterprises, the trade friction between China and the United States has fluctuated this year, and the challenges faced by foreign trade enterprises are unprecedented. On the one hand, with the increase of market uncertainty, many enterprises take the initiative to reduce their dependence on orders in the U.S. market and focus on a broader market; on the other hand, under the background of signing the free trade agreement, China and Australia have completed the fifth tax reduction in early 2019, and China has enjoyed zero tariff treatment for the export of Australian textiles and clothing. All kinds of signs show that the Australian market, with its unique advantages, attracts more and more enterprises to look for opportunities and development space.
One of the highlights of this year’s show is that the Xiamen Overseas Boutique Exhibition Area, consisting of 56 booths, has emerged as a unified image, demonstrating the achievements of China’s textile and apparel regional industrial clusters in product independent research and development and foreign trade transformation and upgrading. Zhang Xinmin expressed his recognition of the fashionable and multi-category clothing products exhibited by the company, and encouraged enterprises to continue to intensify their efforts in the transformation and upgrading of foreign trade, and continue to introduce more high-quality original innovative products to enhance the overall strength and market competitiveness of the industry.
According to China’s customs statistics, in 2018, China’s exports of Australian textile and apparel to 5.316 billion U.S. dollars, in the case of China’s global foreign trade exports generally under pressure, achieved a growth of 6.05%, indicating that the Australian market has a strong attraction to China. In 2018, Australia ranked 11th in China’s global market for single export, and it is also China’s main export market for textiles and clothing. Australia’s textile and apparel is dependent on imports, and China is the largest source of imports. According to GTA data, in 2018, China accounted for 60.48% of Australia’s textile and apparel market share, and Bangladesh ranked second with a market share of 7.06%.
During the interview, the reporter saw that the first day of the exhibition hall has a steady flow of passengers, and the professional quality of buyers is good. Many exhibitors have buyers to come to inquire, and some old customers are invited to come to learn about the new season products brought by suppliers.
On the afternoon of the first day of the exhibition, at the professional seminar organized by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel and the overseas partner IEC, Chang Liguo, a trade expert of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel, made a keynote speech on “The Impact of Sino-US Trade Friction on Textile and Apparel Supply Chain”. It reviewed the history of Sino-US economic and trade development, introduced China’s position in the global textile supply chain, looked forward to the future development trend of global supply chain, and exchanged market opportunities for Australian buyers and traders under the current international market environment. The on-site exchange and interaction are active, and the hot topics are highly concerned by purchasers.