The value of Japanese apparel imports fell 7.97 per cent in May 2018 as compared to April 2018. The value of knitted apparel imports and woven clothing imports too plummeted in May as compared to April. The fall was mainly due to declining value of the yen.
However, cumulatively during January to May, Japan’s import value surged by 2.46 per cent. Bangladesh and Vietnam continued their robust performance in their respective apparel exports to Japan during the first five months of the year. Bangladesh’s apparel exports jumped 13.64 per cent while Vietnam’s shipments to Japan surged 14.81 per cent.
India’s apparel exports to Japan rose 9.54 per cent in the said period. However, India’s knit clothing exports to Japan fell 1.11 per cent. Japan has signed an FTA with the EU, which is said to have made imports cheaper from the region. The deal removes EU tariffs of 10 per cent on Japanese cars and three per cent on most car parts. It would also scrap Japanese duties of some 30 per cent or more on EU cheese and 15 per cent on wines, and secure access to large public tenders in Japan. Europe’s food sector is one of the biggest winners from the deal.