Value of the leading 10 textile importers worldwide 2017, by country

Value of the leading 10 textile importers worldwide in 2017, by country (in billion U.S. dollars)

by Liam O'Connell, last edited Apr 12, 2019
Value of the leading 10 textile importers worldwide 2017, by country The European Union (EU28) was the leading importer of textiles worldwide, with textile imports valuing approximately 74 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. That year, the United States and China were the next two largest importers of textiles, with imports of 28 billion U.S. dollars and 17 billion U.S. dollars respectively.
What are textiles?

Textiles are the materials which are made from natural or synthetic fibers, thin threads or filaments. The fibers, threads, or filaments are worked to create yarn which can in turn be used to create cloth. Cotton, silk and denim are examples of natural textiles, while nylon and polyester are types of synthetic textiles.

International textile trade

China is the key market for the production and export of textiles and clothing. The textile industry in China is an integral element of the country’s economy. As of 2017, China was the leading supplier of clothing imported to the European Union (EU28), with imports valued at almost double those of second placed Bangladesh. There are a significant number of textile and clothing companies in the EU. As of 2017, about 70 percent of them were clothing companies, 30 percent were textile companies, and man-made fiber companies accounted for less than one percent.
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Value of the leading 10 textile importers worldwide in 2017, by country (in billion U.S. dollars)

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CountryImport value in billion U.S. dollars
European Union (28)74
United States28
China*17
Viet Nam**14
Bangladesh**9
Japan8
Hong Kong, China7
Turkey7
Mexico***6
Indonesia6
CountryImport value in billion U.S. dollars
European Union (28)74
United States28
China*17
Viet Nam**14
Bangladesh**9
Japan8
Hong Kong, China7
Turkey7
Mexico***6
Indonesia6
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by Liam O'Connell, last edited Apr 12, 2019
The European Union (EU28) was the leading importer of textiles worldwide, with textile imports valuing approximately 74 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. That year, the United States and China were the next two largest importers of textiles, with imports of 28 billion U.S. dollars and 17 billion U.S. dollars respectively.
What are textiles?

Textiles are the materials which are made from natural or synthetic fibers, thin threads or filaments. The fibers, threads, or filaments are worked to create yarn which can in turn be used to create cloth. Cotton, silk and denim are examples of natural textiles, while nylon and polyester are types of synthetic textiles.

International textile trade

China is the key market for the production and export of textiles and clothing. The textile industry in China is an integral element of the country’s economy. As of 2017, China was the leading supplier of clothing imported to the European Union (EU28), with imports valued at almost double those of second placed Bangladesh. There are a significant number of textile and clothing companies in the EU. As of 2017, about 70 percent of them were clothing companies, 30 percent were textile companies, and man-made fiber companies accounted for less than one percent.
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