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 2015, world silk exports were US$2.3 billion.
African Exporters

Africa exported $8.1 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Tunisia: $3.7 million
  2. South Africa: $3.6 million
  3. Madagascar: $395,000
  4. Morocco: $152,000
  5. Egypt: $52,000
  6. Mali: $42,000
  7. Kenya: $41,000
  8. Rwanda: $29,000
  9. Algeria: $16,000
10. Lesotho: $16,000
Asian Exporters

Asia exported $1.7 billion worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. China: $1.3 billion
  2. India: $111.2 million
  3. South Korea: $69.1 million
  4. Vietnam: $61.9 million
  5. Japan: $59.5 million
  6. Hong Kong: $49.3 million
  7. Thailand: $10.1 million
  8. Singapore: $8 million
  9. Malaysia: $5.9 million
10. Turkey: $2.6 million
European Exporters

Europe exported $633.9 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Italy: $314.4 million
  2. Romania: $89.6 million
  3. France: $88 million
  4. Germany: $65.6 million
  5. United Kingdom: $36.3 million
  6. Austria: $7.6 million
  7. Switzerland: $7.3 million
  8. Belgium: $4.9 million
  9. Spain: $4.3 million
10. Latvia: $3.8 million
Latin American and Caribbean Exporters

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean exported $29.1 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $28.5 million
  2. Peru: $322,000
  3. Uruguay: $189,000
  4. Chile: $96,000
  5. Paraguay: $23,000
  6. Guatemala: $16,000
  7. Argentina: $5,000
  8. El Salvador: $4,000
  9. Turks/Caicos Islands: $2,000
10. Barbados: $1,000
Middle Eastern Exporters

Middle East exported $6.8 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $5.7 million
  2. Israel: $504,000
  3. Oman: $185,000
  4. Bahrain: $156,000
  5. Iran: $105,000
  6. Lebanon: $82,000
  7. Qatar: $17,000
  8. Syrian Arab Republic: $2,000
North American Exporters

North America exported $13.6 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $12.6 million
  2. Canada: $827,000
  3. Mexico: $165,000
Oceanian Exporters

Oceania exported $2.8 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $2.5 million
  2. New Zealand: $208,000
  3. Marshall Islands: $87,000
  4. New Caledonia: $3,000
The accompanying list identifies exporters with the fastest-growing international sales of silk from 2011 to 2015. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for this exported product category was -30.1%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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