Japan’s Apparel Imports Decrease in March

According to March 2018 Japanese apparel import statistics, as compiled by The Japan Textiles Importers Association based on Ministry of Finance trade statistics, the value fell 20.2% compared to March 2017 imports to 193,163 million yen, and the volume also dropped 18.1% to 312.3 million units.

Imports of knitwear were down 20.5% to 90,434 million yen, and the volume declined by 17.3% to 206.9 million units. Those of woven garments fell 20.0% to 102,729 million yen with the volume decreasing by 19.7% to 105.4 million units.

March imports from China decreased in both value and volume: 103,326 million yen (down 30.7%) and 183.3 million units (down 27.1%).

As for imports from ASEAN, those from Myanmar continued to grow. The share of Myanmar in imports from ASEAN was 30.3% in value and 28.7% in volume.