Ever wonder which countries export the most silk? See the list, which also shows each exporter's percentage of global silk exports within parenthesis. In 2016, world silk exports were US$2.1 billion.
African Exporters

Africa exported $6.2 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Tunisia: $3.2 million
  2. South Africa: $2 million
  3. Egypt: $743,000
  4. Morocco: $116,000
  5. Madagascar: $68,000
  6. Algeria: $22,000
  7. Kenya: $14,000
  8. Lesotho: $9,000
  9. Botswana: $3,000
10. Seychelles: $3,000
Asian Exporters

Asia exported $1.5 billion worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. China: $1.2 billion
  2. India: $90.7 million
  3. Vietnam: $63.8 million
  4. South Korea: $59.3 million
  5. Japan: $58.8 million
  6. Hong Kong: $47 million
  7. Malaysia: $13.4 million
  8. Thailand: $8 million
  9. Singapore: $5.6 million
10. Uzbekistan: $3.3 million
European Union (EU) Exporters

European Union exported $560.8 million worth of silk led by the following EU members:

  1. Italy: $287.7 million
  2. Romania: $85.6 million
  3. France: $79.5 million
  4. Germany: $51.2 million
  5. United Kingdom: $29.7 million
  6. Belgium: $6.8 million
  7. Austria: $4.9 million
  8. Spain: $3.1 million
  9. Netherlands: $2.5 million
10. Bulgaria: $2.2 million
Latin American and Caribbean Exporters

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean exported $30.8 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $30 million
  2. Peru: $341,000
  3. Uruguay: $185,000
  4. Nicaragua: $106,000
  5. Panama: $27,000
  6. Paraguay: $16,000
  7. Guatemala: $13,000
  8. Trinidad/Tobago: $13,000
  9. El Salvador: $10,000
10. Haiti: $2,000
Middle Eastern Exporters

Middle East exported $5.5 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $4.7 million
  2. Lebanon: $384,000
  3. Oman: $148,000
  4. Israel: $100,000
  5. Kuwait: $62,000
  6. Saudi Arabia: $47,000
  7. Iran: $37,000
  8. Iraq: $17,000
  9. Bahrain: $1,000
10. Qatar: $1,000
North American Exporters

North America exported $10.6 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $9.8 million
  2. Canada: $705,000
  3. Mexico: $148,000
Oceanian Exporters

Oceania exported $1.7 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $1.4 million
  2. New Zealand: $353,000
  3. Fiji: $17,000
The accompanying list identifies exporters with the fastest-growing international sales of silk from 2012 to 2016. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for this exported product category was -31.8%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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