Japan’s Apparel Imports Continue to Decrease

According to provisional apparel import statistics, as compiled by The Japan Textiles Importers Association based on Japanese Ministry of Finance trade statistics, April imports decreased by 1.0% in weight and 6.1% in value compared to the same month of last year to 84,596 tons worth 239,708 million yen. Although April imports decreased from the year before, imports showed a steady recovery from March.
Imports from China rose 3.6% in tons, but decreased by 0.8% in value. The share of Chinese-made apparel in total imports was 65.1% in tons and 63.6% in value, thus recovering to the same level before the coronavirus pandemic.
Imports from ASEAN decreased by 1.0% in tons, and the value was about the same as the year before. Its share decreased below the 30% level to 26.9% in tons and 28.9% in value.
Apparel imports from Vietnam (the second largest supplier) rose 5.0% in tons and 6.5% in value. Its share was 13.0% in tons and 15.0% in value.
(See Statistics section for Japanese apparel import statistics.)