EU textile trade: main import partners ranked by value 2018

Globally, China and Turkey were the two main suppliers of textile for the European Union (EU) in 2018. The EU imported textile products worth of 10.5 million euros from China, whereas Turkey’s textile export to the EU was worth 4.8 million euros that year. For China, textiles are the second main goods category that the country exports to the rest of the world.

China’s global lead in textile

China’s status as a leading textile importer is not limited to the bounds of the EU. Having exported 119 billion U.S. dollars worth of textile globally, China now stands at the very top, ahead of the EU, India and the United States. In the past decade, there has been a notable increase in China’s share of the global export of textiles and currently China provides 40 percent of global textile exports.

EU textile production and export

The EU itself is another important textile supplier, with the value of textile products exported from EU28 countries amounting to 74 billion U.S. dollars. The manufacture of textiles in the EU is an industry where businesses show increasing turnover year-over-year, textile and clothing being the two main sectors.

Leading suppliers of textiles imported into the European Union (EU-28) in 2018, based on value

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August 2019



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