This list reveals the top 10 silk importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). In 2016, world silk imports totaled US$1.9 billion.
African Importers

Africa imported $69.3 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Madagascar: $35.9 million
  2. Tunisia: $19.7 million
  3. Morocco: $6.8 million
  4. South Africa: $3.7 million
  5. Lesotho: $807,000
  6. Algeria: $449,000
  7. Senegal: $305,000
  8. Namibia: $203,000
  9. Nigeria: $165,000
10. Mauritius: $146,000
Asian Importers

Asia imported $920.4 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. India: $208.8 million
  2. Pakistan: $172.1 million
  3. Japan: $124.8 million
  4. Vietnam: $112.7 million
  5. South Korea: $69.3 million
  6. Hong Kong: $59.9 million
  7. China: $57 million
  8. Turkey: $32.7 million
  9. Malaysia: $16.9 million
10. Sri Lanka: $13.9 million
European Union (EU) Importers

European Union imported $704.4 million worth of silk led by the following EU members:

  1. Italy: $328.4 million
  2. Romania: $114.6 million
  3. France: $78.1 million
  4. Germany: $53.9 million
  5. United Kingdom: $44.3 million
  6. Portugal: $15.1 million
  7. Spain: $11.9 million
  8. Bulgaria: $11.3 million
  9. Belgium: $8.1 million
10. Austria: $6.6 million
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $19.4 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $11.5 million
  2. Peru: $2.8 million
  3. Argentina: $1.8 million
  4. Colombia: $942,000
  5. Dominican Republic: $516,000
  6. Uruguay: $332,000
  7. Guatemala: $276,000
  8. Chile: $271,000
  9. Bolivia: $202,000
10. Nicaragua: $132,000
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $65.2 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $44.3 million
  2. Oman: $3.6 million
  3. Saudi Arabia: $3 million
  4. Iran: $2.7 million
  5. Lebanon: $2.7 million
  6. Qatar: $2.7 million
  7. Iraq: $2.6 million
  8. Kuwait: $1.3 million
  9. Bahrain: $1.1 million
10. Israel: $871,000
North American Importers

North America imported $113.9 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $102.9 million
  2. Canada: $8.4 million
  3. Mexico: $2.6 million
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $9.6 million worth of silk led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $6.2 million
  2. New Zealand: $2.5 million
  3. Fiji: $816,000
  4. New Caledonia: $50,000
  5. Micronesia: $35,000
  6. Papua New Guinea: $27,000
  7. Samoa: $7,000
  8. Marshall Islands: $2,000
  9. Cook Islands: $1,000
To see the 25 fastest-growing silk importers from 2012 to 2016, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for globally imported silk was -24.3%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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Research Note: Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
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