Face Masks Contribute to China’s Textile Exports

According to statistics as compiled by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel based on provisional statistics released from the General Administration of Customs of P.R.C., the nation’s exports of textiles and apparel during January-May 2020 sharply increased in value year-on-year to Japan, the EU and U.S.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, exports of face masks rapidly grew and contributed to textile exports. Meanwhile, exports of apparel fell to most countries and regions.

Textile and apparel exports rose to five of the top ten markets: the U.S. (up 0.1%), Japan (up 19.9%), Germany (up 77.9%), France (up 85.5%) and the U.K. (up 9.1%).

Exports of textiles posted double- and triple-digit growths, and exports to France marked the sharpest growth of 432.6%.

Among the top ten destinations for apparel exports, exports showed drastic declines to Hong Kong (down 47.1%), the U.S. (down 34.9%) and Russia (down 34.7%).

(Refer to table in Statistics section.)

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