• Imports Decrease from Japan and ASEAN Countries
The Japan Textiles Importers Association on the basis of Ministry of Finance trade statistics, reported a decrease in imports with the volume falling 9.4% from the previous year to 309.78 million units, along with the value by 9.8% to 226,568 million yen. The import decreases are attributed to the difference in the Chinese New Year time period. Apparel imports from ASEAN kept on growing: 88.41 million units (up 13.4%) worth 63,868 million yen (up 11.3%). Imports rose for both knitwear and woven garments. Imports from Indonesia posted remarkable growths: 12.26 million units (up 30.0%) valued at 9,391 million yen (up 26.6%). Also leading apparel imports from ASEAN were Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Meanwhile, imports from Bangladesh decreased by 1.6% to 15.12 million units with the value declining by 4.9% to 8,010 million yen.
Imports from China dropped 17.2% and 18.8% respectively to 197.35 million units worth 134,616 million yen.