The share held by Bangladesh in the global apparel export market was 6.36 per cent in 2016. According to the latest statistics provided by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), this figure rose to 6.46 per cent in 2017. As stated by the World Trade Statistical Review 2018, annual exports of Bangladeshi apparel products rose by 2 per cent, to $29.33 bn in 2017 from $28.22 bn in 2016. Bangladesh retained its rank as the third largest global exporter of clothing, followed by China and the European Union (EU), according to reports.