Jiaxing City, based in Zhejiang Province, has become a major force in the global silk market. Last year, combined exports from its silk and leather companies reached 27.5bn yuan ($3.3bn), accounting for 51 per cent of the total of the city. Garment exports topped $985m last year, accounting for 52.12 per cent of the total. Top destinations for apparel from Jiaxing-based companies are the US, Japan, the EU and Hong Kong.