T-shirt Exports by Country

T-shirts from around the globe

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T-shirt exports by country totaled US$44.3 billion in 2017, up by an average 4.3% for all T-shirt exporters over the five-year period starting in 2013. Year over year, the value of globally exported T-shirts rose by 1.2% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported T-shirts (inclusive of all materials) during 2017 with shipments valued at $25.1 billion or 56.7% of worldwide exports.

In second place were European nations at 29.5%. Smaller percentages of total T-shirt exports were sourced from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (7.7%), North America (3.4%) and Africa (2.6%).

Cotton is the dominant material for T-shirt manufacturing. Cotton T-shirts accounted for $27.8 billion in international sales or almost two-thirds (63.3%) of total exported T-shirts. Similar apparel made from textiles other than cotton equaled $16.3 billion for the remaining 36.7%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for knitted or crocheted T-shirt is 6109. Drilling down, cotton T-shirts fall under 610910 while T-shirts made from other materials are categorized as 610990.

T-shirt Exports by Country

Overall

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of T-shirts (regardless of source materials) during 2017:

  1. China: US$8.2 billion (18.5% of total T-shirt exports)
  2. Bangladesh: $5.9 billion (13.3%)
  3. Turkey: $2.9 billion (6.5%)
  4. Germany: $2.3 billion (5.1%)
  5. India: $1.9 billion (4.4%)
  6. Vietnam: $1.7 billion (3.8%)
  7. Belgium: $1.5 billion (3.4%)
  8. Italy: $1.5 billion (3.3%)
  9. Spain: $1.4 billion (3.1%)
  10. Netherlands: $1.2 billion (2.6%)
  11. Honduras: $1.1 billion (2.4%)
  12. Cambodia: $1 billion (2.4%)
  13. Portugal: $985 million (2.2%)
  14. France: $932.8 million (2.1%)
  15. Mexico: $882.4 million (2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped about three-quarters (76.2%) of global T-shirt exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing T-shirt exporters since 2013 were: Honduras (up 400,999%), Bangladesh (up 27.7%), Italy (up 25.5%) and Vietnam (up 20.8%).

Four countries posted declines in their international T-shirt sales: India (down -25%), Turkey (down -12.2%), China (down -9.8%) and Spain (down -6.3%).

Cotton

T-shirt Exports by Country: Cotton

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of cotton T-shirts during 2017:

  1. Bangladesh: US$5.1 billion (18.3% of total cotton T-shirts exports)
  2. China: $4 billion (14.2%)
  3. Turkey: $1.7 billion (5.9%)
  4. Germany: $1.4 billion (5%)
  5. India: $1.2 billion (4.4%)
  6. Italy: $1.1 billion (3.8%)
  7. Spain: $884.6 million (3.2%)
  8. Vietnam: $832.8 million (3%)
  9. Netherlands: $829.5 million (3%)
  10. Honduras: $823.9 million (2.9%)
  11. Portugal: $726 million (2.6%)
  12. Belgium: $694.7 million (2.5%)
  13. Hong Kong: $669 million (2.4%)
  14. El Salvador: $602.9 million (2.2%)
  15. France: $586.3 million (2.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped three-quarters about (75.5%) of cotton T-shirts exported in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing cotton T-shirts exporters since 2013 were: Honduras (up 306,194%), Italy (up 42.1%), France (up 17.6%) and Bangladesh (up 16.9%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported cotton T-shirts sales were led by: India (down -33.8%), El Salvador (down -18.1%), Spain (down -13.6%), Belgium (down -12%) and China (down -8.7%).

Other Textiles

T-shirt Exports by Country: Non-Cotton Textiles

Below are the 15 countries that, during 2017, exported the highest dollar value worth of T-shirts made from textile materials other than cotton:

  1. China: US$4.2 billion (25.8% of total non-cotton T-shirts exports)
  2. Turkey: $1.2 billion (7.5%)
  3. Germany: $866.4 million (5.3%)
  4. Vietnam: $856.6 million (5.3%)
  5. Belgium: $811.7 million (5%)
  6. Bangladesh: $748.8 million (4.6%)
  7. India: $703.1 million (4.3%)
  8. Cambodia: $611 million (3.8%)
  9. Spain: $504.4 million (3.1%)
  10. Italy: $404.4 million (2.5%)
  11. France: $346.4 million (2.1%)
  12. Mexico: $341.2 million (2.1%)
  13. Netherlands: $324.5 million (2%)
  14. Sri Lanka: $292.2 million (1.8%)
  15. Indonesia: $269.9 million (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (76.9%) of global non-cotton T-shirt exports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing non-cotton T-shirts exporters since 2013 were: Bangladesh (up 243.4%), Cambodia (up 211.4%), Netherlands (up 75.6%) and Vietnam (up 58.9%).

Four countries posted declines in their international non-cotton T-shirts sales namely Turkey (down -17.7%), China (down -10.8%), Italy (down -4.1%) and India (down -3.3%).

Companies

T-shirt Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of established T-shirt companies:

  • Fab Collections Limited (Bangladesh)
  • Herbert Georg Santura (Portugal)
  • Idea Group IGM SRL (Italy)
  • Luxiberg (France)
  • Nanchang Dongshen Knitted Garment Co, Ltd (China)
  • NFS Trade International (Germany)
  • PBM Polytex Limited (India)
  • Ruma North America Group S de RL de CV (Mexico)
  • Sky Apparel Limited (Turkey)
  • Vietgo Company Limited (Vietnam)

The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses.

See also Leather Shoes Exports by Country, Cotton Exports by Country, Cotton Imports by Country and Top Exported Baby Clothing Sales

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 3, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 3, 2018

Wikipedia, T-shirt. Accessed on June 3, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier showroom for T-shirts. Accessed on June 3, 2018