Clothing markets see surge in shopping activity ahead of Eid Al-Fitr

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AMMAN — Sultan Allan, the President of the Textile and Readymade Clothes Syndicate, has stated that there is currently a significant increase in shopping activity in the clothing and footwear sector in the markets of Jordan. This uptick in shopping coincides with the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr holiday.اضافة اعلان

According to a local media outlet, Allan expressed his hope that the activity would continue until the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Expectations indicate that the sector's activity will continue until after Eid Al-Fitr, as it marks the beginning of the summer season. In addition, the markets are expected to remain stable with no price hikes due to the availability of goods and high competition among sector traders.

Allan pointed out that there is a significant diversity and variation in prices in the markets, and that consumers have multiple options to choose from in the local market.

He explained that most of the displayed merchandise is average or below average prices and that the syndicate has conducted tours in various markets in the capital, as well as markets in Irbid, Zarqa, and Aqaba, and found an abundance of goods with many models and reasonable prices that meet the needs of various segments of society.

Import figuresThe Kingdom's clothing imports amounted to around JD65 million since the beginning of the current year, in addition to JD10 million for footwear, with the majority coming from China first and Turkey second, in addition to Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, some European countries, India, and Bangladesh.

Allan stressed that purchasing from the local market is safer than shopping through electronic websites outside the Kingdom, in addition to a significant diversity of available goods and models, emphasizing the necessity of shopping from traditional markets to support commercial activity and obtain genuine goods.

Calls for customs duty reductionAllan stressed the need to reconsider the instructions for importing goods within postal parcels and make customs duties on the sector at zero percent, and reduce sales tax to 8 percent to achieve justice and equality with postal parcels.

He explained that more than half of the Kingdom's imports, whether for clothing or footwear, enter the local market through postal parcels, affecting traditional trade in the sector and harming the interests of traders who bear high operational costs.

The textile, footwear, and fabric sector is one of the largest commercial sectors in the country, comprising about 11,000 establishments throughout the Kingdom, employing 63,000 workers, mostly Jordanians, directly, while there are 180 clothing and footwear brands operating and investing in the local market.

The Kingdom's clothing imports increased by 22.7 percent during the past year, reaching JD235 million, compared to JD192 million in 2021, with China having the largest share of them.

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