In 2019 total apparel exports for Turkey by value in 2019 edged up 0.4% to $17.7bn

In 2019 total apparel exports for Turkey by value in 2019 edged up 0.4% to $17.7bn

Turkish textile manufacturers are reportedly dealing with an influx of orders on the back of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Andolu Agency, citing the president of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association (TGSD), the sector is already running at 85% capacity and he is expecting 1-2% of the orders lost in China will be relocated to Turkey.

"We expect a 10% rise in our clothing exports," said Hadi Karasi, but warned the sector could not accept significantly higher orders due to capacity strains.

"Capacity increase is a must. Plus, we should renew the technology and complete digital transformation" he added.

In 2019 total apparel exports for Turkey by value in 2019 edged up 0.4% to $17.7bn. However, in six of its ten major export markets, shipment volumes fell – including its largest export markets Germany, the UK and Spain.

Chairman of the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) Mustafa Gultepe said he is expecting the country's exports to hit $19bn this year, up from $17.7bn in 2019. The same target had been set at the end of 2018 for the full year of 2019 but was missed.