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EXIM Briefing of the Sector in December of 2022

Time:2023-02-22 Browse Volume:285

The export of China’s sewing machinery sector in 2022 has delivered a positive growth though faced with complicated domestic and foreign situations and a high baseline created in 2021. According to the latest data released by China Customs, China has exported sewing machinery worth of 3,428mn USD in total from January to December, growing 8.98% on a year-on-year basis. In the last quarter, China’s export growth of the same has been significantly bogged down by the deflated recovery of world economy and weakened demands in the developed world, and it even turn to negative. In December, the sector’s export value has reduced to 242mn USD, falling 20.41% compared with the same period a year earlier, and falling 9.35% compared with November, making it the second lowest export except February (due to the Spring Festival).

In summary and by products

According to the Customs, China has exported sewing machinery worth of 3,428mn USD in 2022, increasing 8.98% on a YoY basis, a lower growth rate compared with last month. Among the products, China has exported industrial sewing machines of 5.01mn sets (5.03% higher on a YoY basis), worth of 1,759mn USD (a YoY increase of 14.17%), delivering a high growth rate; embroidery machines of 79 thousand sets (increasing 103.20%), worth of 498mn USD (growing 43.06%), a relatively high growth rate.

However, the demands for household sewing machines in the United States and Japan drop sharply, in which case, China's export volume and value of the same has respectively declined 37.71% and 33.66% in 2022.


In December, China has exported sewing machinery worth of 242mn USD, falling 20.41% on a year-on-year basis and declining 9.35% compared with the previous month. Among them, industrial sewing machines of 349,600 sets, falling 21.08% compared with the same period a year earlier, but growing 11.78% compared with a month earlier. Its monthly export value is 110mn USD, 29.47% lower on a YoY basis, but 11.08% higher compared with the previous month. The export value and volume of industrial sewing machine have declined substantially compared to Q2 and Q3. 

By export destinations:

In 2022, China has seen its export to Latin America, Oceania, the rest of Asia grow compared with a year earlier, while its export to Europe, Africa and North America falls. By regions, China has exported sewing machinery worth of 2,288mn USD to BRI countries, increasing 16.36%, which constitutes 66.76% of the total export, and its proportion also grows 4.23% compared to a year earlier; export to RECP countries worth of 1,111mn USD, increasing 11.69%, which constitutes 32.42% of the total export, and the proportion grows 0.79% compared to the same period a year earlier; export to ASEAN countries worth of 925mn USD, growing 15.70% on a YoY basis; export to South Asian countries worth of 764mn USD, rallying 26.51%; export to Middle East worth of 325mn USD, skyrocketing 32.84%; export to EU worth of 182mn USD, dropping 22.23%; export to East Asian countries worth of 168mn USD, dipping 7.50%; export to Central Asia worth of 95mn USD, growing 14.72%.

By countries, of all the 203 export destinations of sewing machinery, nearly 60% have seen positive growth; 14 out of the top 20 export destinations saw substantial growth, 13 of them have experienced two-digit growth rate, and 4 of them have realized a growth rate higher than 30% in October.

In 2022, India is still China's largest export market of sewing machinery. China has exported the same to India worth of 466mn USD, rallying 58.23% on a year-on-year basis, which constitute 13.58% of the total export; export of sewing machinery to Vietnam is 382mn USD, increasing 4.31%, which constitute 11.15% of the total export of this sector; America has become our third largest export destination. During the same period, China has exported sewing machinery worth of 180mn USD to America, dropping 2.08%, which makes up 5.26% of the total export. Furthermore, China's export of sewing machinery in 2022 to countries like Bangladesh, Turkiye, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Cambodia, UAE, Mexico have witnessed substantial growth, while that to Japan, Pakistan, Brazil, South Korea, Nigeria, Taiwan (China), Uzbekistan, Egypt have declined.



In December, China has exported sewing machinery worth of 54.48mn USD to ASEAN countries, falling 32.23% on a YoY basis, and falling 15.42% compared with a month earlier; export value of the same to India is 31.60mn USD, increasing 6.13% on a YoY basis, but falling 13.92% when compared with November; export value of the same to Vietnam is 18.73mn USD, dropping 39.39% on a YoY basis, and falling 11.95% when compared with November (kept declining for seven months in a row). Moreover, exports to Russia, Mexico, Uzbekistan, UAE, Iran, Algeria and Kyrgyzstan have seen double-digit growth, while exports to USA, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Cambodia have suffered decline.


Import summaries:

According to data released by the Customs, China has imported sewing machinery worth of 849mn USD in 2022, falling 11.83%. By categories, 44,100 sets of industrial sewing machines, worth of 91.51mn USD, declining 15.98% and 21.68% respectively; 103,100 sets of household sewing machines (increasing 14.88%), worth of 8.15mn USD (increasing 4.50%); 39,500 sets of pre- and post-sewing equipment (soaring 70.67%), worth of 671mn USD (falling 9.16%); spare parts worth of 73.57mn USD, falling 16.76% on a YoY basis; 583 sets of embroidery machines worth of 5.32mn USD, dropping 31.33% and 55.04% separately. 

In December, China has imported sewing machinery worth of 46.22mn USD, falling 38.61% compared with a year earlier, and 44.32% lower compared with a month earlier. By categories, 3,593 sets of industrial sewing machines (falling 7.87% compared with a year earlier, but growing 31.32% compared with a month earlier), worth of 6.68mn USD (plunging 18.55% compared with a year earlier, but growing 45.57% compared with a month earlier); 3,537 sets of pre- and post-sewing equipment, increasing 267.67%, worth of 34.04mn USD, dropping 36.74% on a year-on-year basis.

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