The Impact of the second-hand clothing trade on developing countries

Supporters of the second-hand clothing (SHC) industry point out that the trade creates employment in the receiving countries (transporting, cleaning, repairing, restyling, etc.). It also provides low-cost clothing for people living in poverty. There are concerns that the trade may be undermining local textile and garment industries, and livelihoods in some developing countries. This review considers the evidence of the impact of the SHC trade on developing country producers and consumers and focuses particularly on West Africa.


Oxfam Date published: 01/09/2005

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Regions / countries / territories

Africa: 53 countries (show)

Goods categories

Apparel & fashion