Which Country Exports the Most Silk Woven Fabrics in the World?

Textiles May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global silk fabric exports amounted to 15K tonnes in 2016, export ,therefore, remained relatively stable against the previous year level. In general, silk fabric exports continue to indicate a deep reduction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, when exports increased by 24% y-o-y. Global silk fabric export peaked of 26K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, silk fabric exports amounted to $1.3B in 2016. Overall, silk fabric exports continue to indicate a deep setback. Global silk fabric export peaked of $2.5B in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Silk Fabric Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (629.5 million USD)

2. Italy (230.8 million USD)

3. France (77.9 million USD)

4. India (73.6 million USD)

5. South Korea (58.9 million USD)

6. Japan (55.2 million USD)

7. China, Hong Kong SAR (42.6 million USD)

8. United Kingdom (27.1 million USD)

9. United Arab Emirates (12.6 million USD)

10. South Africa (2.0 million USD)

11. Turkey (1.8 million USD)

12. Hungary (1.7 million USD)

Silk Fabric Exports By Country

China (4.5K tonnes), and United Arab Emirates (3.7K tonnes) represented roughly 54% of total exports of silk fabric in 2016. It was distantly followed by Italy (1.5K tonnes), and Turkey (890 tonnes), together constituting 15% share of total silk fabric exports. The following exporters - India (565 tonnes), Japan (531 tonnes), South Africa (446 tonnes), China, Hong Kong SAR (434 tonnes), South Korea (387 tonnes), France (334 tonnes), the UK (246 tonnes), and Hungary (232 tonnes) together made up 21% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of silk fabric exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by South Africa (+18.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, China ($630M) remains the largest silk fabric supplier in the world, making up 48% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Italy ($231M), with the share of 18% of global exports. It was followed by France, with the share of 6%.

In China, silk fabric exports decreased by an average annual rate of -2.2% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Italy (-6.5% per year) and France (-2.4% per year).

Silk Fabric Export Prices By Country

The average silk fabric export price stood at $86 per kg in 2016, coming down by -11.0% against the previous year. Overall, silk fabric export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008, when export price increased by 30% against the previous year level. In that year, average silk fabric export price attained its maximum level of $117 per kg. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average silk fabric export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was France ($233 per kg), while Turkey ($2,057 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of silk fabric export prices was attained by China, Hong Kong SAR (+11.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the export price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 5007 - Woven fabrics of silk or of silk waste.

Source: World: Woven Fabrics Of Silk Or Of Silk Waste - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025