Why is TTIP paramount for European companies active in the textiles and clothing sector?
More than €4.9 billion of textiles products and apparel items were sold to the US in 2014.
Technical textiles, like high functionality fabrics used for firefighters’ uniforms or airbags, represent half of our textiles exports to the US.
European home textiles are of great success in the US: more than €92m of bedlinen were sold in 2014.
Nonwoven textile products for hygiene and medical purposes (cleansing tissues, surgical bedsheets, gauze, bandages, etc.) are a growing part of our exports to the US.
We need equally recognised high level standards at both sides of the Atlantic
Mutual recognition of the EU and US standards will preserve high level of consumer protection at both sides of the Atlantic.
Due to different test methods or diverging procedures, entrepreneurs have to go through costly obligations before shipping their goods overseas.
Selling children’s pyjamas to the US, entrepreneurs are facing double certification to comply with flammability standards.
Intellectual property of fashion designs and models protected in the EU is not guaranteed when sold to the US.
Less customs costs - more investment & business development for companies
Zero customs duties will allow the EU companies to develop exports and create jobs in Europe.
Current customs tariff system is complex and burdensome, especially for SMEs. To fulfil customs requirements, EU manufacturers often have to use the services of customs brokers.
Rules for labelling are different in the EU and US. Simplification of information provided to consumers could reduce costs for producers, while increasing transparency and consumers’ awarennes.
Easier and faster access to the US market will open business opportunities for SMEs and will result in more choice and cheaper prices for consumers.
Opening business opportunities in public sector for technical textiles is a must
Opening public procurement will allow EU companies to compete in a fair manner in US public tenders.
The EU has developed an efficient network of research centres, clusters and collaborative platforms supporting European producers in manufacturing advanced innovative goods.
High-tech textiles products cover a wide range of applications – transport, construction, agriculture, defence, personal protection and much more.
Technical textiles production is significantly growing in Europe. In 2014, technical textiles represented 37% of textile sales outside the EU.