Value of the leading 10 textile importers worldwide 2018, by country

The European Union (EU28) was the leading importer of textiles worldwide, with textile imports valuing approximately 77 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. That year, the United States and China were the next two largest importers of textiles, with imports of 30 billion U.S. dollars and 18 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.

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

CountryImport value in billion U.S. dollars
European Union (28)77
United States30
China*18
Viet Nam**18
Bangladesh**11
Japan9
Hong Kong, China7
Indonesia7
Mexico* ***7
Turkey6
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Includes significant shipments through processing zones.
** Includes Secretariat estimates.
*** Imports are valued free on board.

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