About CITH

Since 1981, the Textile and Clothing Information Centre (C.I.T.H.) has provided statistical information on trade and production in textile and clothing. These statistics are important for strategic planning as well as for measuring the performance of the enterprise against the trends of the sector.

Over the years, computer programs have been developed which allow transforming the basic data into usable information of value to all those concerned with the evolution of trade. The regular information from the CITH includes trade statistics (EU imports/exports) by products, reporting countries and partner countries as well as unit price information. The basic data are collected by Eurostat from national customs and subsequently treated by the CITH.

Still, the available information is often insufficiently known and certainly underutilised.

However, detailed data are available: perhaps not in a regular published form (the volume would be unmanageable) but the current Harmonized System nomenclature allows isolating, on request, the information concerning individual textile or clothing products. According to this nomenclature, it is possible to find out detailed trade statistics on textile by fibre content, weight, width or type of finishing, and on clothing articles and accessories for men/women by fibre…