Japan’s garment imports have been steadily dropping since April 2021, both in terms of weight and value. In January-April of this year, the country imported clothing worth 853.70 billion yen (US $ 7.73 billion), a 5.52 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. The drop has been caused by a decrease in demand for woven clothes in the Japanese apparel market.
Japan’s garment imports in 2021 are worse than in the COVID-19-affected year of 2020!
Low unit pricing in 2021 have put exporters to Japan under enormous strain, with per kilogramme clothes imported by Japan valued at only 410 yen (US $ 3.71) in the first four months of 2021, down from 440 yen a year earlier. The decline in the Japanese garment market is cause for great concern, as 2020 was a year when the country saw the full impact of COVID-19 across all industries.
The continued fall in 2021 is not encouraging, and exporters must wait to see when the Japanese textile market recovers.