Japan’s Textile & Apparel Exports Down 1% in 2019

According to Japan Textiles Exporters Association statistics based on Ministry of Finance trade figures, the nation’s exports of textiles and apparel in 2019 decreased by 1% year-on-year to US$7,742.66 million.
Exports to Vietnam increased by 5% to US$1,053.32 million.
Exports of textile fibers decreased by 1% to US$827.34 million. While exports of rayon staple fiber grew by 16% to US$73.23 million, those of polyester staple fiber declined by 3% to US$38.82 million, along with those of acrylic staple fiber also by the same 3% to US$534.29 million.
Yarn exports decreased by 8% to US$956.06 million with exports decreasing for rayon filament yarns, nylon filament yarns and polyester filament yarns. Exports of nylon filament yarns dropped 25% to US$178.96 million.
2019 exports of woven and knitted fabrics remained about the same as the previous year at US$2,811.27 million, and those of coated fabric decreased by 4% to US$458.54 million. Fabric exports increased for nylon filament fabrics, polyester filament fabrics and spun synthetic wovens, but decreased for cotton fabrics.
Exports of nonwoven fabrics remained firm, while exports of apparel grew by 9% to US$536.97 million.
By destination, exports to East Asia decreased by 2%, with those to China declining by 5%. Exports to Europe rose 3%, while those to the U.S. were down 1%. Exports to Oceania climbed 10%, but those to South America dropped 20%.

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