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Fashion & Textile Logistics

Published 24 Feb 2021

Fashion & Textile Logistics

The corona pandemic, with economic downturns, lockdowns, shop closures and disrupted supply chains, has been particularly challenging for the fashion and textile industries. Some companies were even forced into insolvency in 2020. And fashion suppliers are also feeling the effects of the viral crisis in the current year. However, the hope to emerge renewed from the crisis into a successful future is definitely there.

The textile sector, one of the strongest export and import sectors in the world, creates the need for freight abroad thanks to the easy development of technology. Besides import and export, textile products occupy an important place in the field of e-commerce.

Short-lived fashion trends, but global manufacturing processes: Fashion logistics must be fast and global. No other industry thrives on short-term trends as much as the clothing industry.

The process of moving textile products, whether raw components or finished product, has undergone an evolution that reflects the pressures of globalization, the search for competitive advantages and compliance with customer demands to tightly control inventories throughout the supply chain.


Fashion/Textile Logistics - What Is It?

Textiles include all products made of fabric. Textile logistics accordingly goes beyond fashion logistics. It includes the storage, picking, packing and preparation for shipment of:

Fashion (all types of clothing, caps, shoes, etc.)

Home textiles (curtains, bed linen, cushions, carpets, blankets, etc.)

Kitchen textiles (tablecloths, dishtowels, towels, etc.)

Bathroom textiles (towels, bathrobes, bath mats etc.)

Garden textiles

Fabrics (tulle, velvet, linen, fleece, felt, lace, etc.)

Fur goods (real or imitation)

Leather goods

Tents and other products of this kind


What Is Important In Textile Logistics?

Textile logistics is associated with special challenges. Textiles are sensitive goods. To ensure that they reach their destination in top quality, clean, crease-free storage and delivery are mandatory.

Characteristic of textile logistics are small quantity stocks and short delivery times. Things have to move fast in this fiercely competitive market because the competitive pressure is high. At the same time, there are strong seasonal peaks and a large volume of returns.

Textiles are often manufactured in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Turkey, etc. Traders nowadays buy and sell their products worldwide. Well-organised logistics help to meet demanding customer needs.


How To Pack Fabrics And Textile For Shipping?

Even though textile materials are not considered as fragile goods, they still need to be protected from damage, moisture and sunlight during transportation. Follow our guide on how to pack fabrics and other textile products for shipping:

Roll or fold your fabrics/garments carefully.

Place your goods in self-seal bags or Ziploc bags. Seal the bag properly.

Nest the packages into a shipping box and seal it.

Thus, the items are in cartons during storage and during transport. This simplifies the loading of pallets and containers and is cost-efficient. (Garments and fabrics hanging on hangers in storage or during transport are considered "hanging garments").


How To Prepare Fabrics and Textile For Shipping On A Pallet?

For businesses importing or exporting fabrics and textiles in bulk, we suggest following the packaging steps below:

Place some liner paper on the pallet and place the boxes containing the textile and fabrics on it.

Add liner paper between each layer you stack, to decrease friction and spread the weight evenly.

Fix the shipment to the pallet with straps and secure it with stretch foil or bubble wrap.


Shipping Costs For Textile Products Inland Or Abroad

Transporting textile and light industrial goods by road is the most convenient and affordable option. The operation of road transport is independent of the schedules of railway stations, airports and seaports. Service providers can therefore optimise delivery conditions and develop more flexible delivery routes.

Sea transport is a fast and effective option for long-distance shipments. It is popular in this industry due to the geographical location of the production of many fabrics, garments and accessories. Large factories are scattered across South and East Asia, Latin America and Western Europe.

To carry out the transport, offers you the possibility to compare numerous proposals in a few seconds by entering places of loading and delivery, as well as the information on the dimension and size of the load you want to send. Using the accessible contact details, you can contact the carriers directly and negotiate. This way, you can save money when shipping garments and textiles to your customers. The cheaper the shipping costs, the more likely your business is to attract new customers. If they don't have to pay exorbitant shipping costs, they will order more often.

Does Shipping For The Import/Export Of Textiles And Fabrics Require Additional Customs Procedures?

Another important issue in textile logistics is customs clearance. Since most textiles are manufactured overseas, many distributors and manufacturers import fabrics and textiles from abroad. Goods have to be cleared correctly beforehand when imported into other countries. This requires a high degree of experience and thoroughness, as errors during the customs clearance process can delay the transport and may also result in additional costs.

At you will find the service of customs clearance, which is carried out by reliable customs brokers worldwide. Therefore, Frachtbox offers not only transport providers, but also services to facilitate all kinds of logistics for you.