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Women's undergarment suppliers in China are in a state of tremendous flux. The industry was gearing up for phenomenal growth in 2005, when all textile quotas are fully eliminated. Suppliers, however, are wary of explosive growth because of a number of factors.

China's exports to countries that used to impose quotas on women's undergarments, primarily the United States and the European Union, have surged in the months after quotas were lifted, but total shipments have declined as a result of US safeguards and government-imposed export taxes.

To prevent the US and EU from applying safeguards on sensitive categories, the government in China has taken measures to curb a sudden surge in exports to these markets, such as setting export taxes. The initial tax implemented at the beginning of the year covers some 100 apparel categories, including women's undergarments. A second levy, which is up to 400 percent more than what was previously imposed, was implemented in June but does not apply to women's undergarments.

Under the policy, exports of slips and underpants are taxed at US$0.024 per piece. Although bras are not included in the categories to be taxed, the levy still applies for sets with panties.

While the tax has little effect on most apparel categories that are being levied, it is a burden for low-end underpants. The levy accounts for about 9.6 percent of a typical low-end underpant's cost. Since the average profit margin for most low-end makers is less than 10 percent per piece, most of these suppliers will face bankruptcy if they continue offering low-end products at the same price. To survive, many have passed all or most of the additional cost to buyers, while a few have shifted to more upscale manufacturing.

In fact, total exports of panties and girdles decreased 3 percent in the first three months of 2005 to 409.2 million pieces, with average prices up 34.8 percent from US$0.30 to US$0.40 per piece.

Because these products account for the majority of total women's undergarment exports, the sharp decline in shipments has significantly affected overall exports in Q1 2005, which went down 17 percent to 760 million pieces at a value of US$420.5 million.

However, exports of panties to the United States in the same period surged 1,169 percent to 19 million pieces. Because of the phenomenal increase in exports, the US imposed a safeguard, capping growth of underwear imports from China to 7.5 percent.

The US previously imposed a safeguard on China-made bras, 22 months after quotas on the product were lifted in January 2002. Exports of bras to the US grew 291 percent in this period, prompting the safeguard to be implemented in December 2003.

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In 2004, China exported 4.2 billion pieces of women's undergarments, a 30% increase from 2003.

Demand is expected to continue to grow
especially from countries other than the US
and China suppliers are planning to significantly boost capacity to meet it.

How can you best take advantage of this booming supply market? What are the best products, at what price levels? Where are the main manufacturing centers?

With supplier profiles, product-price information and a comprehensive overview of China's women's undergarment industry, this report gives you the answers.

  Suppliers: 51 Products: 81 Pages: 92 Published: Jun 05 Price: US$395
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