France - Country Commercial Guide

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2019-10-13


Total Local Production 18,230 18,590 18,600 18,700
Total Exports 11,950 11,600 11,700 11,700
Total Imports 20,970 21,390 21,420 21,800
Imports from the US 286 292 298 290
Total Market Size 27,250 28,380 28,320 28800
Exchange Rate 1 Euro USD 1.1095 USD1.1069 USD1.1297 USD1.230

(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)
data source:  The French trade Association for the Textile Industry – UIT
(Figures in USD billion; * Estimated figures) * Official statistical figures including only textile companies employing at least 20 people.  * Statistical import figures including French customs classification N0. 61- 62 - 63.
In 2017, the French textile industry (including apparel) was comprised of approximately 548 companies averaging 20 employees with a total workforce of 58,240 employees. The French textiles market remains a highly-developed, mature market with many domestic and international players. Apparel accounts for 43.9% of the market’s total value, while fabrics represent about 30%. The industry in France, although large, is dominated by several small, niche companies selling a small quantity of highly technical and high value products.

In France, the main consumers of technical textiles are industry (21%), transportation (20%), medical (16%), protection (10%), construction (10%), and agro textiles (8%). The main distributors of clothing are specialized chains (23%), independent sellers (13%), and super/hypermarkets (14%).  Similar to previous years, the major textile suppliers by country, are China, followed by Italy, Bangladesh, Turkey, India, Germany, Tunisia, Belgium, Portugal, and Pakistan. The U.S. textile exports to France are mainly composed of sportswear and technical textiles. In addition, U.S. suppliers have an advantage in terms of technical know-how in this industry.

Best practices
To export textiles to France, U.S. companies should either have an agent / distributor or set up a subsidiary.   There are no quotas for importing U.S. textile, however, U.S. companies need to be able to provide the certificate of origin of goods to customs.
Leading Sub-Sectors
• Technical textiles with better comfort and monitoring solutions for sportswear
• Technical textiles reducing carbon emissions for the transportation industry
• Technical textiles improving energy efficiency for use in the building industry
•Textiles with electronic devices and communication systems incorporated in the garments for either the security or sporting industries           
The best opportunities in the textile sector are open to those U.S. companies that can create new technologies and develop innovative products offering new solutions to a large number of industrial sectors.   
Web Resources
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation – EURATEX
European Apparel and Textile Confederation
Union des Industries Textiles – U.I.T.
(Textile Trade Association)
Union des Industries Textiles
Union Française des Industries de l’Habillement – U F I H
(French Trade Association for apparel industries)
U.S. Embassy - U.S. Commercial Service Commercial Specialist:
Tel: +33(0)1 43 12 71 98