Brazilian textile and apparel sector for 2019

  • Textile and Apparel Chain Revenue: USD 47,1 billion
  • Exports (excluding cotton fiber): USD 3,6 billion;
  • Imports (excluding cotton fiber): USD 5.3 billion, versus USD 5,7 billion in 2018;
  • Trade balance (excluding cotton fiber): negative USD 1,7 billion, versus negative USD 2,8 billion in 2018;
  • Investments in the sector: USD 3,6 billion, versus USD 3,2 billion in 2018;
  • Average apparel production: 9,04 billion pieces (apparel + socks and accessories + home textiles), versus 8,9 billion pieces in 2018;
  • Average textile production: 2,04 million tons, versus 2,03 million tons in 2018;
  • Workers: 1.5 million direct employees and 8 million more if indirect employees and income effect are added, 75% of which are women;
  • 2nd largest employer in the manufacturing industry, behind only the (joint) food and beverage industry;
  • 2nd largest first job creator;
  • Number of companies: 25,5 thousand nationwide (legally registered);
  • Fourth largest producer and consumer of denim internationally;
  • World’s fourth largest producer of knitwear;
  • Accounts for 16.7% of employees and 5.7% of Manufacturing Industry revenues;
  • Brazilian fashion is among world’s the five largest Fashion Weeks;
  • We have over 100 fashion schools and colleges;
  • With the discovery of pre-salt layer oil, Brazil will no longer be an importer, becoming a potential exporter for the world’s Synthetic Textile Chain;
  • Brazil is still the only complete Textile Chain in the Western world. Only Brazil still has everything from fiber production, such as cotton farms, up through fashion shows and spinning mills, weaving mills, processors, apparel manufacturers and a strong retail segment;
  • A nearly 200-year-old industry in the country;
  • Brazil is the largest complete Textile Chain in the West. Only we have everything from the production of fibers, such as cotton, to fashion shows, spinning, weaving, processing, apparel and retail;
  • Brazil is an international reference in the design of beachwear, jeanswear and homewear, having also grown in the fitnesswear and underwear segments.

Updated in December 2020