Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

According to The Japan Textiles Importers Association report on apparel imports, based on Ministry of Finance trade statistics, the nation’s apparel imports in August 2016 decreased by 8.2% compared to the same month of last year to 269,151 million yen. The quantity increased by 15.7% to 358.24 million units.

It was the first time since March this year that the import quantity posted double-digit growth.
The August import quantity from ASEAN sharply grew by 33.3% to 87.2 million units. The share of ASEAN in the total import quantity rose 3.2 points to 24.3%. Leading the sharp growth in imports from ASEAN was Myanmar, from knitwear imports continued to grow at a sharp rate (up 90.8% to 2.39 million units in August). Following imports from Vietnam and Cambodia, August apparel imports from Myanmar climbed 91.2% to 7.46 million units.

Imports from Bangladesh also grew at a remarkable rate (up 75.6% to 18.03 million units). Especially, imports of Bangladeshi knitwear almost doubled (up 99.1% to 13.10 million units).

August apparel imports including accessories declined by 8.7% to 306.9 billion yen, while the volume grew by 11.6% to 109,352 tons. The January-August aggregate decreased by 8.6% year-on-year to 1,923.8 billion yen, but the quantity increased by 3.2% to 630,722 tons.

By daisen