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Textile Outlook International
Issue 111:
May-June 2004

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Editorial: Post-2004 Strategies: Companies Avoid Putting All Their Eggs in China's Basket
Apparel Retailing in India: Opportunities for Foreign Firms (24 pages)
Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2005
Trends in Japanese textile and clothing imports, May-June 2004 (48 pages)
Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Colombia (32 pages)
Profiles of Three Leading Singapore Clothing Companies: Ocean Sky, Sing Lun, and Unistar Goo-Way Sourcing (24 pages)

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Editorial: Post-2004 Strategies: Companies Avoid Putting All Their Eggs in China's Basket
published in Issue 111, May-June 2004  


Unlike the USA and the European Union, the authorities in Japan chose not to protect their domestic textile and clothing producers with quotas under the Multi-Fibre Arrangement.

Many analysts are therefore looking to Japan as a model of US and EU import patterns after quotas have been eliminated at the beginning of 2005.

If Japan is indeed such a model, the prospects for producers outside China are not promising. In 2003, according to “Trends in Japanese Textile and Clothing Imports” starting on page 56 of this issue, China supplied 72.9% by value of Japanese textile and clothing imports. This left only 27.1% to be shared out among the other 155 or more countries which supplied the Japanese market in 2003 (see page 59).

Moreover, in terms of region, almost half of the remaining 27.1% import share was supplied by other Asian countries, with 13.2%. Europe supplied only 9.7%, and North America a mere 2.9%.

In clothing, China’s share of Japanese imports was a remarkable 81.5% in value terms. And, judging by the dramatic increases in US and EU clothing imports from China since January 20021, many Western industrialists fear that China will gain similar shares of clothing imports in the USA and Western Europe once quotas have been eliminated at the beginning of 2005.

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