A comprehensive package of international trade data released by the World Trade Organization (WTO) includes figures that suggest global apparel and textile export growth slowed in 2014. 

Among the noteworthy trends, the International Trade Statistics 2015 report highlights a 5% rise in global exports of clothing in 2014 to US$483bn, below the 10% growth seen in 2013.

In terms of regions, growth was highest in Europe (up 7%), followed by Asia (up 6%) and North America and Africa (each up 4%). At the other end of the scale, the Middle East reported a 24% decline in clothing exports, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) fell 5%. 

Breaking it down to individual countries, clothing exports from China and Bangladesh both increased 5%, to $187bn and $25bn respectively. However, this was outpaced by strong double-digit gains posted by Vietnam and India (up 14% to $20bn and $18bn respectively), and Cambodia (up 17% to $6bn). Exports from Pakistan were up 10% to $5bn, Sri Lanka rose 9% to $5bn, and Turkey was up 8% to $17bn.

Meanwhile, world textile exports increased 3% to $314bn last year, below the 7% rise seen in 2013. China grew 5% to $112bn, the European Union was up 4% to $75bn, and India rose 5% to $18bn. 

However, declines were posted by Hong Kong (down 9% to $10bn), Japan (down 7% to $6bn), Pakistan (down 3% to $9bn), and the Republic of Korea (down 1% to 1$2bn). 

The WTO has also published three profile reports, including World Tariff Profiles 2015, a joint publication of the WTO, the International Trade Centre and the UN Conference on Trade and Development. This aims to provide comprehensive tariff information on all WTO members and a number of other countries where data is available.

Trade Profiles 2015, meanwhile, provides the latest information on the trade flows and trade policy measures of WTO members, observers and other selected economies.

And Services Profiles 2015 provides statistics on key infrastructure services – typically transportation, telecommunications, finance and insurance – for 140 economies.

Click on the following link to access the WTO annual suite of trade and tariff data.