Bangladesh held on to its status as the second biggest apparel supplier in the world in 2017, accounting for 6.5 per cent share of the market, according to data from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In 2017, Bangladesh exported garment items worth $29 bn, the data said. In 2016, Bangladesh’s share of the global apparel market was 6.4 per cent. China remained the largest apparel supplier globally, although its share shrank to 34.9 per cent. The value of exported clothing items from China last year was $158 bn.