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Frequently asked questions and answers

What are the main business associations involved in the European textiles and clothing sector and how is it possible to contact them?

AEDT - European Association of Fashion Retailers
9, Avenue des Nerviens
1040 Brussels

CIRFS/BISA- European man-made fibres association
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse, 6
1160 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0) 2 676 74 55
Fax: +32 (0) 2 676 74 54

Euratex- European Apparel and Textile Organisation
Rue Montoyer, 24, Bte. 10
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 285 48 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 230 60 54
e-mail :

ETUC - European Trade Union Confederation
Boulevard Roi Albert II, 5
1210 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 224 04 11
Fax: + 32 (0)2 224 04 54 or + 32 (0)2 224 04 55

ETUF/TCL - European Trade Union Federation: Textiles, clothing and leather
Rue Joseph Stevens, 8
1000 Brussels
Phone: 32 (0)2 511 54 77
Fax: 32 (0)2 511 81 54

As a producer of textiles and clothing, I would like to export my products outside the European Union. Where can I find more information on the trade regime applicable to these products?

In the context of the EU's Market Access Strategy, a web site called Market Access Data Base is available to market operators. This web site is a free, interactive, easy to use service with the following sections:

Sectoral and Trade Barriers
Here you will find information on trade barriers which may affect you in the individual countries.

Applied Tariffs
By simply entering a HS code or product description, this section will provide you with the duties and taxes applicable to your products, allowing you to calculate a landed cost.

Exporters' Guide to Import Formalities
All you need to know about the import procedures and documents required for the import of a particular product is available by simply entering a HS code or product description.

Statistical Database
An overview of trade flows between the EU and non-EU countries, accessed by simply entering a HS code or product description, can be obtained from this section.

Where can I find all the legislation referring to textile industry?

All European legislation is available on the Eur-Lex website. The Regulation (EU) N° 1007/2011 specifically relates to textile labelling. You will also find more information about this Regulation on the Reference Documents page of this website together with horizontal legislation concerning the textile industry.

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