Global Exports of Knitted T-Shirts

World exports of T-shirts, singlets and other vests (HSC 6109) totaled US$44.7 billion in 2017.

Cotton T-shirts (HSC 610910) accounted for US$28.3 billion and others (HSC 610990) US$16.4 billion.

Cotton T-shirts market has grown from US$28.2 billion in 2011 to US$28.3 billion in 2017, whereas other T-shirts market has grown from US$11.5 billion in 2011 to US$16.4 in 2017.

Top-10 T-shirt exporters in 2017 are given as follows (All figures rounded-off):

Rank Overall T-shirts Exports 2017 Cotton T-shirts Exports 2017 Other T-shirts Exports 2017
1 China: US$8.2 billion Bangladesh: US$5.3 billion China: US$4.2 billion
2 Bangladesh: US$6.1 billion China: US$4 billion Turkey: US$1.2 billion
3 Turkey: US$2.8 billion India: US$1.7 billion India: US$998 million
4 India: US$2.7 billion Turkey: US$1.6 billion Viet Nam: US$958 million
5 Germany: US$2.3 billion Germany: US$1.4 billion Germany: US$998 million
6 Viet Nam: US$2 billion Viet Nam: US$1.07 billion Belgium: US$866 million
7 Belgium: US$1.5 billion Italy: US$1.06 billion Bangladesh: US$773 million
8 Italy: US$1.5 billion Spain: US$885 million Cambodia: US$641 million
9 Spain: US$1.4 billion Portugal: US$726 million Spain: US$504 million
10 Cambodia: US$1.1 billion Belgium: US$695 million Italy: US$404 million

Overall, Pakistan ranked at No.29 in knitted T-shirts exports worth US$304 million in 2017 (cotton T-shirts US$198 million; others US$106 million).

Pakistani exports of T-shirts declined from US$324 million in 2011 to US$304 million in 2017.

Source: ITC/WTO

Dr. Tanveer Hussain

Dr. Tanveer Hussain is a Professor of Textile Engineering at National Textile University Pakistan.

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