March Japanese Textile Exports Show Increase Only for Nonwoven Fabrics

According to statistics on Japanese exports of textiles and apparel, as compiled by the Japan Textiles Exporters Association based on Ministry of Finance trade statistics, March 2020 exports fell 12% compared to the same month of last year to US$634.67 million.
Exports increased only for nonwoven fabrics, which rose 4% to US$74.35 million.
Exports during the first three months of this year grew 1% to US$1,836.39 million.
Quantitatively, March exports of textile fibers decreased by 5% to 20,646 tons. Exports of polyester staple fiber climbed 21%, while those of rayon staple fiber fell 14%, along with acrylic staple fiber by 8%.
Yarn exports declined by 10% to 9,312 tons. Exports of polyester filament yarn grew 5% to 1,423 tons, but those of nylon filament yarn dropped 28% to 1,955 tons.
Exports of woven and knitted fabrics fell 20% to 66.77 million square meters. Exports of nylon filament fabrics dropped 28% to 6.84 million square meters, and those of polyester filament fabrics decreased by 6% to 19.04 million square meters.
On a value basis, exports to East Asia fell 13% to US$441.63 million. Of this, exports to China sharply declined by 21% to US$166.58 million. Exports to Vietnam (the second largest destination) amounted to US$89.64 million, and remained at about the same level as the year before.

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