Japan’s First-Half Cotton Yarn Imports Drop Below 20,000 Tons

According to statistics released from the Japan Spinners’ Association based on Ministry of Finance trade statistics, the nation’s imports of cotton yarns during January-June 2020 decreased by 8.3% year-on-year to 19,458 tons. Of this, imports of combed yarns fell 19.0% to 8,813 tons. In addition to the stagnant condition of the Japanese cotton yarn market, the coronavirus pandemic had an impact on business.

Cotton yarn imports from Indonesia fell 17.8% to 5,868 tons. Imports from India centering on combed yarns dropped 26.8% to 3,082 tons. Imports from China also dropped 24.9% to 1,017 tons.

Meanwhile, imports from Vietnam sharply increased by 23.2% to 3,708 tons. Vietnam has recently been increasing its presence as a supplier of cotton yarns to Japan.

Imports from Pakistan, mainly for application in towels, grew 7.8% to 3,797 tons.

First-half imports of cotton blended yarns fell 21.6% to 2,446 tons. Pakistan was the only major supplier posting an increase, up 1.1% to 474 tons.