According to China’s textile and apparel export statistics, as compiled by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textile & Apparel (CCCT) based on provisional statistics released from the General Administration of Customs, P.R.C., exports of textiles during January-June 2020 sharply grew to advanced countries, as the worldwide spread of the coronavirus increased demand for mask materials. On the other hand, export of apparel decreased for most major countries and regions, with 30% decreases for exports to the U.S. and Russia.
Among the top 10 countries/regions of textile exports, exports to France showed the sharpest growth of 548.3% to US$2,863 million, followed by exports to Germany (up 290.1% to US$4,261 million), Canada (up 155% to US$1,500 million), the U.K. (up 132.7% to US$2,181 million) and Japan (up 104.2% to US$4,430 million). Exports to Hong Kong ranked twelfth with a 40.8% fall due to the social turmoil.
Apparel exports decreased to all of the top 10 countries/regions. Exports to Russia posted the sharpest fall of 34.1% to US$1,685 million, followed by the U.S. (down 30.1% US$10,610 million), France (down 18.0% to US$1,326 million), Germany (down 14.6% to US$2,148 million), the Netherlands (down 14.5% to US$1,263 million) and Japan (down 11.8% to US$6,081 million).