Value of the leading 10 textile exporters worldwide in 2018, by country

This statistic shows the value of the leading 10 textile exporters worldwide in 2018, by country. In that year, China was the top ranked global textile exporter with a value of approximately 119 billion U.S. dollars.

Top textile producing countries – additional information

China is the largest textile producing and exporting country in the world. With its rapid growth over the last two decades, the Chinese textile industry has become one of the main pillars of the country’s economy. Clothes, clothing accessories, textile yarns and textile articles are amongst the top export goods from China. In 2018, China’s textile exports were valued at approximately 119 billion U.S. dollars, a figure that corresponds to 37.6 percent of the global market share. Low cost and vast labor, reduced commercial barriers and material supply availability are a few of the competitive advantages the country offers for the clothing manufacturing industry. In regards to material supply, for example, China produced around 79 billion meters of cloth in 2017 alone, and 5.99 million metric tons of cotton in 2017/2018.

The European Union, with 23.5 percent of the global market share and an export value of 74 billion U.S. dollars, was the second largest textile exporter region in the world. Italy, Germany, Spain, and France were the leading countries in the clothing industry within the EU as of 2016. There were over 170 thousand textile and clothing companies in the EU as of 2017; about 70 percent of them are clothing companies, 30 percent are textile companies, while man-made fiber companies account for less than one percent.

India is also amongst the top textile producing countries in the world; with exports of 18 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The country is also a leading cotton producing country. In 2017/2018, cotton production in India amounted to around 6.21 million metric tons, making it the leading producer of cotton.

Value of the leading 10 textile exporters worldwide in 2018, by country

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Release date

July 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Includes significant shipments through processing zones.
** Includes Secretariat estimates.

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