Since China’s accession to the WTO, textiles and clothing have become an important part of China’s exports. In the past decade, with the gradual abolition of export quota system, China’s clothing, textiles and clothing exports have a relatively loose external environment. Favorable external environment factors provide the most basic conditions for the internationalization of China’s clothing industry. On this basis, China’s textile and clothing industry with labor costs and raw material supply advantages, further improve the international competitiveness. Since China joined the WTO in 2001, the export volume of China’s textile and clothing products has increased more than four times. At present, China has become the largest clothing producer and exporter in the world.
According to customs data, in 2019, China’s total exports of textiles and clothing amounted to US $271.836 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 1.89%. Among them, the total export volume of textiles was US $120.269 billion, up 0.91% year-on-year. Clothing exports totaled US $151.367 billion, down 4.00% year-on-year. The main export countries of textiles and clothing are Japan and China.
From the perspective of export commodity structure, clothing export in 2019 accumulated 151.367 billion US dollars, of which knitting clothing was 60.6 billion US dollars, a year-on-year decrease of 3.37%; woven clothing was 64.047 billion US dollars, a year-on-year decrease of 6.69%.
Cao Jiachang, President of China Textile Import and Export Chamber of Commerce, said at the “2020 8th China and Asia Textile International Forum” held in Shanghai recently, the export of masks and protective clothing has increased rapidly, which has driven the overall export growth of textile and clothing. However, the international market is sluggish, the cancellation and postponement of conventional textile and garment products orders are serious, the recovery of new orders is slow, and the future expectation is uncertain 。 For a period of time to come, textile and clothing exports other than epidemic prevention materials will still face the adverse situation of declining demand and lack of orders.
Since the second quarter of this year, China’s textile and clothing exports have gradually recovered from the trough. Driven by the export of anti epidemic materials such as masks, from January to August, China’s textile and garment exports totaled US $187.41 billion, an increase of 8.1%, of which textile exports were US $104.8 billion, an increase of 33.4%; and clothing exports were US $82.61 billion, a decrease of 12.9%.
The export of epidemic prevention materials such as masks and protective clothing increased significantly. According to Cao Jiachang, China exported 151.5 billion masks and 1.4 billion protective clothing from March 15 to September 6, with an average daily export of about 1 billion masks, which strongly supported the global epidemic prevention and control. In the first seven months of this year, China’s total exports of masks and protective clothing were nearly 40 billion US dollars and 7 billion US dollars, respectively, up 10 times over the same period last year. In addition, the export of non-woven fabrics and non-woven fabrics increased by 118%, which was also related to the increase of non-woven fabrics exports.
Post time: Oct-10-2020