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This is an industry with a manufacturing tradition recognized throughout the world for its high quality, design versatility and production flexibility. The prompt response capacity, competitive order lead times and constant innovation, enable Colombian garments to reach over 100 destinations worldwide.

World Apparel Exports 2010-2013
US$ Millions FOB

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the Czech Republic, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea (South), the Republic of South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Republic of Tanzania, the United States, the Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Competitive Factors

Short response times, production capacity and vertical product development are just some of the features of the most competitive products of Colombia. Main products in the garment sector:

Underwear: this is one of Colombia's main exports to the world, recognized in highly demanding markets as a result of its superior quality and innovative designs. Colombia's products include brands with high value-added, high production capacity, ideal for a full package production processes.

Jeanswear: the best solutions for sourcing or full package services for jeans, welcome renowned international brands to manufacture their products in Colombia.

Shapewear: is recognized around the world because of its singular high-tech functional textiles in addition to their wide variety of designs providing a wide range of options that cover different needs.

Swimwear: Colombian swimwear brands have made their way into international markets thanks to their innovative designs and the use of the highest quality materials. Different Colombian brands have positioned themselves in highly demanding niche markets from the USA to the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the industry's flexibility makes Colombia an excellent partner for full package alternatives.

Colombian designers have successfully showcased their collections on the world's top catwalks and at the most prominent fashion weeks, setting trends and showcasing designs gaining a competitive advantage as a result of its refined technical mastery of their designs and the use of traditional and handcrafted materials.

Furthermore, Colombia’s swimwear is produced under the private label scheme and it manufactures garments for top brands such as Victoria's Secret, Levi Strauss & Co., Nautica, Adidas, OshKosh, Inditex, Eddie Bauer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Pierre Cardin, JC Penney, Limited Brands, Jockey, Vanity Fair, Sara Lee, Liz Claiborne, Mast Industries Inc., Grupo Cortefiel, Hanes, Leggs, and Oxford Industries, among others.

Business Opportunities

  • Underwear
  • Swimwear
  • Shapewear
  • Jeanswear
  • Children's wear
  • Sportswear
  • Household linen
  • Uniforms
  • Hosiery
  • Casual wear