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The UAE was the 11th biggest importer of clothes in 2012, according to the International Trade Statistics 2013 report published by World Trade Organization (WTO), with total imports of $4 billion (Dh 14.7 billion) constituting 0.8 per cent of the world?s total imports.
According to the same report, the figures represent a 13 per cent increase compared to 2011.
The European Union topped the list with an import value of $170 billion, while US came second ($88 billion), Japan third ($34 billion), Australia 8th, China 10th, Saudi 12th, Mexico 13th and Chile 14th in the importers? list.
According to WTO secretariat estimates, 15 countries exported $370 billion worth of clothes, holding 87.5 per cent share of the world?s exports in 2012. These countries categorised according to export volumes, are: China, European Union, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, USA, Malaysia, Mexico, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.