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Silk Review 2001

A Survey of International Trends in Production and Trade

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This report provides an overview of production, international trade, consumption, and the generic promotion of raw silk and various silk products. It examines the ecological factors of silk trade, reviews consumer markets in selected EU countries and explains the role of China in the international silk trade. Silk producing countries and areas covered in the report include Africa, Brazil, India, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Japan and United Kingdom. Tables providing statistical data and prices are also included.

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The promotion of silk

In Europe, silk was promoted generically between the early 1970s and 1989 by the European Commission for the Promotion of Silk (Commission européenne pour la promotion de la soie, or CEPS), which conducted its activities in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Financing was provided through a ‘levy’ on raw silk purchases from China. These funds were allocated to each country on the basis of silk imports from China and the size of the market.

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