New record for textile exports

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In spite of the war, in spite of the pandemic, in spite of the economic slowdown, in spite of the increase in inflation, in spite of every hardship, Portuguese exports in the textile and clothing industry reached 6.12 billion euros in 2022, an absolute record for the industry.

In total, exports from the textile and clothing industry grew by 17.4% in value compared to 2019 and 13.1% more than in 2021. Among the top 10 markets, all recorded increases in 2022 compared to 2021, in particular Spain (+2.9% to 1.42 billion euros), France (+20.8% to 941.8 million euros), Germany (+17.1% to 539.1 million euros), the US (+6.8% to 476.8 million euros) and Italy (+17% to 451.7 million euros).

Compared to 2019, the last year before the pandemic, the industry grows in all the most relevant markets, with the exception of the Spanish market (with a drop of 10.9%, equivalent to 173.4 million euros less).

In a volume analysis, there was a rise of 3.8% compared to 2019, but a fall of 0.8% compared to 2021, for a total of 523.56 million tonnes (527.65 million tonnes in 2021).