The first six months of 2018 have seen Turkey’s apparel exports touch US $ 8.8 billion, which is a 7.7 per cent increase from what it was during the same period in 2017.
The share of apparel exports in country’s overall exports stood at 10.8 per cent for the first half of 2018. It is important to note here that the share was 11.1 per cent in 2015, 12.3 per cent in 2016 and 10.7 per cent in 2017 (all for the first 6 months).
In the first half of 2018, Turkey exported ready-to-wear apparels majorly to Germany, Spain and the UK followed by the Netherlands and France.
For this period, the country’s apparel export to Germany was US $ 1.7 billion (7.2 per cent increase), while its export to Spain was US $ 1.2 billion (26.8 per cent increase). Turkey’s export to UK, meanwhile, touched US $ 961.8 million at an increase of 1.9 per cent.
The Netherlands (US $ 500.1 milion) and France (US $ 455.8 million) took fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
Knitted garments were the most exported product group from Turkey in the first six months of 2018, with the figures touching US $ 4.5 billion at an increase of 6.3 per cent.
Woven apparel goods and accessories was the second most exported product group that saw an increase of 9.7 per cent to US $ 3.2 billion. Then, exports of ready-made goods, including that of home textile products, surged by 7.6 per cent to reach US $ 1 billion.
It is imperative to note that during Jan-June 2018, the unit prices for apparel sector exports rose by 3.2 per cent (from what it was in Jan-June 2017) and were US $ 15.5 per kg.