According to the latest data released by General Administration of Customs, China (GACC), China’s apparel and accessory exports have increased by 6.20 per cent to US $ 44.28 billion in January to April 2022.
Particularly in April ’22, the exports valued US $ 11.33 billion that’s around 8 per cent increase from previous month, and 1.90 per cent from the same month of last year.
The increase has been experienced in exports despite COVID-19 resurgence in the country but the factories showed resilience despite authorities imposing a strict regime of restrictions across several states under the ‘Zero Covid’ policy in the country.
Rebecca Zhou, Product Manager, Recyctex Co., Ltd. told Apparel Resources, “As one of the Chinese and engaged in textile and garment industry, I must clarify that COVID-19 is not as serious as the world imagines! It is just because of the policy of Zero-infection that locked down entire Shanghai for a period of time. Except for Shanghai, other cities are getting back to normal. Our production and delivery time are not affected too much.”
On the contrary to what Rebecca said, major impact will be seen on May’s export figures as, in the midst of one of the worst pandemic outbreaks seen in the country, China decided to cancel the celebrations of May Day 2022, which is one of the biggest holiday seasons in the country.
Since the beginning of May, a total of 26 cities have been under lockdown in the country and that is disrupting supply chain, hence factories’ operations.