Demand for clothes expected to grow with approach of Eid

3. Clothes
An undated photo of a shopfront in Amman. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
AMMAN — President of the Textile and Readymade Clothes Syndicate Sultan Allan said that the decision to reduce customs tariffs on many of Jordan’s imports, together with the approach of Muslim and Christian holidays, and of the summer season started to have a positive effect on the clothing and footwear sector.اضافة اعلان

Allan told Jordan News that the Kingdom’s imports of clothing and shoes increased during the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year.

The “value of clothes imported to the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year amounted to JD57 million, compared to JD42 million and JD45 million in the same period of last year and the year before, he added.

The value of shoes imported during the first quarter of this year, on the other hand, amounted to JD16 million, compared to JD11 million and JD14 million in the same period of 2021 and 2019 years, he said.

The majority of clothes imported during the first quarter of this year, 47 percent, at a value of JD27 million dinars, came from China; in the same period of last year last year, the value of imported clothes was JD23 million, he said.

According to Allan, the rest of the clothes imported during the first quarter of this year came from Turkey, at a value of JD13 million, Arab countries, JD3 million, European countries, JD1 million, North America and some Asian countries.

In the case of shoes, the majority of imports during the first quarter of this year came from China, 67 percent, at a value of JD11 million, while in the same period last year the value of imports stood at JD8 million, Allan said.

The rest of the Kingdom’s imports of shoes came from Turkey, at a value of JD2 million, European countries, JD883,000, Arab countries, JD642,000, and some Asian countries.

The clothing and footwear sector is witnessing “a remarkable activity during the current period”, Allan said, predicting even more transactions in the coming period.

However, “we cannot determine whether the commercial activity has resumed normally until the end of the festive period, when the citizens will have finished buying their needs, but things so far are promising”, he stressed.

Amman Chamber of Commerce clothing sector representative Asaad Qawasmi told Jordan News that “the markets witnessed a significant improvement during the past two months, and good trade activity may be expected during the current period due to the approaching holidays, but the positive effect showed more in large stores, which can use more competitive tools to encourage customers to buy”.

“We are currently going through a recovery phase after about two years of recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures, and now we are optimistic that there will be great recovery in trade activity, especially since sectors affect each other; it is expected that the easing of procedures and restrictions will have a positive impact on all sectors,” Qawasmi said, adding that “the demand for clothes for the holidays this year will far exceed the demand during the past two years”.

Merchant Mohammad Qudah told Jordan News that “there is a relative improvement in the purchase of clothes during this period, compared to the same period last year, but this is not enough to compensate the losses that we incurred during the last two years”.

“As a citizen, I can say that priorities have changed now, and that there is noticeable fear among citizens of the coming days, especially since the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis started to be felt, adding to those of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are tangible until now,” he said.

To revive the economic activity, he said, “there is need of a long-term economic plan”, especially since the revival of the commercial movement is linked to many factors, “the most important of which availability of liquidity among citizens and raising their purchasing power”.

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