Japanese market for home textiles including bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen is estimated to be worth US$ 1.27 Billion, out of which around US$1 Billion worth of linens are imported from China while the rest from other countries. After China, the largest linen trade partners of Japan include Viet Nam, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan. In 2012 Bangladeshi linen exports to Japan were US$ 9.1 million which were almost doubled to US$ 17.8 million in 2013. On the other hand Pakistani linen exports to Japan were worth US$ 9.865 million in 2012 which declined in 2013 to US$ 8.694 million. Viet Nam’s linen exports to Japan were around US$143 million, followed by India (US$ 22 million) and Thailand (US$19 million). Pakistan has strong manufacturing base of bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen and should increase its share of exports to Japan in this category.
Pakistan exported linens worth of total US$ 2.85 Billion in 2013, of which exports of more than US$ 989 million went to USA, of US$ 402 million to United Kingdom, of US$207 million to Germany and the rest to other countries.