Textile and Clothing Industry

For centuries the textile and clothing sector's has been one of the most important in the Latvian economy. It has very culturally significant roots, mostly associated with natural materials, high quality and a true-to-nature lifestyle and values. Even in medieval times textile products were important export commodities in the context of the Hanseatic League and later.

About Latvian Textile and Clothing Industry

Today, the textile sector is an important part of Latvian industry, combining the best of traditional know-how with industrial and technological knowledge. This expertise has led to the creation of high value-added products such as silver and amber threads.

Around 11 000 people are employed in more than 1 800 Latvian textile companies, mostly small and medium in size. The sector’s contribution to total manufacturing output is 3.4% in 2015. 

The main textile industry sub-sectors are lingerie manufacturing, sewing, weaving, technical textile manufacturing and artisan textile production. The industry is highly export-oriented, particularly in the lingerie segment.

The industry is dominated by sewing companies that operate as outsourced production facilities for EU brands.

The competitive advantages for cooperation with Latvian textile companies are numerous, including short lead times, small and diversified production volumes, as well as the price/quality ratio. Reliability and long-term mutually beneficial partnerships have allowed the sector to maintain its positions in what is currently a highly volatile market.

About Latvia

Accessibility to large markets

Latvia is in a unique geographical and cultural position—as the northern European country it provides a strategic location for business operations targeting developed EU markets and emerging markets of the Eastern neighbours. Latvia is a natural gateway between the US, EU and Asia (especially Russia/CIS).


Skilled and motivated workforce

Representing northern European culture, Latvians have a strong work ethics and they are highly motivated, especially given the effects of the recent global economic crisis.


Developed infrastructure

Latvia offers all the infrastructure and services companies need to operate at levels that meet or exceed European standards.


Information and communications technology

Latvia has one of the fastest telecommunication infrastructures in the world, providing companies seamless connections with customers and partners abroad.


Transport & Logistics

Ports

One of Latvia’s main assets providing access to markets is its Maritime links. Latvia has three major ice-free international ports—Riga, Liepaja and Ventspils, that are closely linked into the country’s infrastructure by rail, road and pipeline. Latvia is an active partner of the Baltic Sea Region Programme—an EU-based organization that promotes cooperation and solutions among 11 countries around the Baltic Sea.

Roads

To the east, Latvia is one of only three EU countries that have a direct-access border with Russia, making it ideal for east/west trade. The Russian highway M9—the developed road-freight route known as the Baltic Highway—connects Moscow directly with Riga, where it also joins with the Via Baltica highway running north and south between Helsinki and Prague.

Rail

The Trans-Siberian railway connects Riga directly with Moscow, with regularly-scheduled, container-block trains. Latvia and Russia share a common railway gauge and an infrastructure base that continues to facilitate growth in the flow of trade. By 2030 it is planned to complete the Rail Baltic—a unique project of an European-gauge railway line connecting the capitals of the Baltic states and Poland, integrating the Baltics in the European rail network.

Air

Riga International Airport (RIX) is the largest airport in the Baltics with direct flights to more than 60 destinations around the world. RIX is also conveniently located directly connecting with major roads including Via Baltica and the Baltic Highway.

Economics & Politics

Macroeconomic and political stability

Latvia is a fully integrated member of all major economic and political structures, including the EU, NATO, WTO, and OECD. Its position in the global market offers investors both opportunity and stability.

Macroeconomic security

In the wake of the economic crisis in 2008, government has reduced expenses, implemented several pro-business reforms and focused policy on being a reliable partner for investors. Latvia’s government took measures that were successful leading country out of the crisis and laying the groundwork for sustained growth.

Political and legal stability

Latvia is a democratic republic that abides by the rule of law. It is fully integrated into the European Union, applying EU laws and regulations within its legal system.

Cost effectiveness

Latvia offers significant cost advantages to investors, including competitive labour force and real estate expenses, as well as competitive tax rates. Coupled with strong productivity in manufacturing and services, Latvia provides investors with a highly cost-effective environment for business, producing compelling returns on investment.

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