Turkey’s protective clothing export exceeds $570 M amid COVID-19

The breakdown of the products shows Turkey exported $144.7 million worth of masks and $428.7 worth of protective clothing in the first  half of the year

Turkey exported protective clothing and mask at $573.4 million in the first half of this year amid the ongoing COVID-19, said  Mustafa Gültepe, the Head of the Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB) last week.

High demand for masks and protective clothing

“We saw a record high year-on-year growth of 986% between January and June,” Gültepe noted. He added that Turkish businesses have accelerated work to meet the high global demand for masks and protective clothing. As for the breakdown of the products, Turkey exported $144.7 million worth of masks and $428.7 worth of protective clothing in the first  half of the year.

Exports went down around 20%

Gültepe emphasized that the share of the industry on Turkey’s total readymade garment and clothing exports reached 8.2%. Readymade garment and clothing exports went up 25% annually in June after a three-month decline, informed Gültepe.  Despite the rise in June, exports went down 19.8% to $7 billion in first half of the year, he noted.

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