Fri. May 31st, 2024

According to statistics on Japanese cotton fabric imports, as compiled by the Japan Spinners’ Association based on trade statistics from the Ministry of Finance, 2019 imports dropped 10.6% from the previous year to 223.88 million square meters, as Japanese demand for textile goods lacked vigor.
2019 imports indicated a supply shift from China to countries in South & East Asia.
While imports decreased for most countries, the increase in cotton fabric imports from Pakistan remarkably stood out.
Cotton fabric imports from China (the largest supplier) dropped 20.4% to 88.99 million sq. meters, while those from Pakistan rose by 5.7% to 51.25 million square meters, Pakistan increased its presence as a supplier of commodity fabrics.
Cotton fabric imports from Indonesia fell 11.0% to 51.18 million square meters, but the fall was considerably smaller than that for China. Imports from Thailand remained about the same as the previous year (down 0.1%).
2019 imports of polyester/cotton blended fabrics decreased by 7.3% compared to 2018 to 85.61 million square meters, as the Japanese market lacked vigor. Imports from Vietnam (the largest supplier) fell 10.9% to 51.03 million square meters. Meanwhile, imports from China grew by 4.4% to 45.46 million square meters, as the supply of some items is considered to have returned to China.

By daisen