Japan’s Cotton Yarn Imports Fall 11.7% in 2019

According to statistics on Japanese imports of pure cotton yarns, as compiled by the Japan Spinners’ Association based on trade statistics from the Ministry of Finance, 2019 imports fell 11.7% from the previous year to 232,539 131.436-kg bales, of which combed yarns dropped 10.1% to 115,211 bales.
The sharp decrease is attributed to a cool down of domestic demand for cotton yarns.
By country, imports from Indonesia, the largest supplier, dropped 14.9% to 76,944 bales. Imports from Pakistan, which consist largely of carded yarns for towels, etc., fell 32.1% to 40,837 bales. Meanwhile, imports from India, which are largely composed of combed yarns, were firm with a 1.3% rise to 44,526 bales, indicating the strong popularity of Indian yarns.
Imports of cotton blended yarns also sharply decreased by 11.3% to 32,384 bales. As in the case of pure cotton yarns, domestic yarn demand showed a distinct decline.