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
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
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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