The textile industry reached a record in the history of the republic era, wit.h exports worth 12.9 billion dollars in 2021.
The textile industry reached a record in the history of the republic era, with exports worth 12.9 billion dollars in 2021.
The textile sector saw a 33.2 percent gain in exports in 2021, with shipments increasing in around 85 percent of the more than 200 nations and regions to which it sells. With exports of 1.2 billion dollars in December, the industry set a new high, up 18.2 percent over the same month the previous year.
Ahmet Öksüz, Chairman of the Board of Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Association (İTHİB), said, “In 2021, we exported to 200 countries and regions. Our exports increased in approximately 85% of the countries we export to. We broke the historical record of the republic in exports to Europe, America, Asia, African Continents and Turkic Republics. We realized the highest textile export of all time to 96 countries and regions.
One of the most pleasing developments for our industry was experienced in our exports to the USA. In 2021, we exported 839 million dollars’ worth of exports to the USA, which is one of our biggest target markets. We have been steadily increasing our exports to the USA in the last 3 years. In 2022, we expect to export more than 1 billion dollars to the USA.
The countries to which we exported the most in 2022 were Italy with an increase of 52.5 percent, Germany with an increase of 11.2 percent and the USA with an increase of 33.7 percent, respectively. In 2021, our exports to the European Union countries, our biggest export market, increased by 33.8 percent and amounted to approximately 6 billion dollars. We anticipate that our exports to the EU will reach 7.5 billion dollars in 2022.”
Emphasizing that the Turkish textile industry is the 5th largest textile exporter in the world, Ahmet Öksüz said,
Our textile industry is the second supplier of EU countries. Our goal is to set a new record with exports worth 15 billion dollars in 2022.
In this context, we will organize our Texhibition Istanbul Fair, which we aim to hold in Istanbul in 2022 in cooperation with ITO as İTHİB. Our participation in fairs like - “I Of the World Fair” in New York, Premiere Vision Paris, London Textile Fair, Munich Fabric Start, Techtextil Frankfurt- will play an important role in our export attack.
Especially in 2021, our companies strengthened their position in the supply chain by putting new investments into operation rapidly. In 2022, we will be champions not only in exports but also in investments as investments of 10 billion liras will be activated in a short time. In this context, we are rapidly approaching our goal of becoming one of the world's top 3 textile exporting countries in the medium term.