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China's apparel exports to UAE decline in 2022 despite post-COVID recovery


China's apparel exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) experienced a decline in 2022, totaling $2.627 billion, compared to $2.810 billion in the previous year.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on outbound trade in 2020, but China's exports bounced back in 2021. Despite this recovery, exports decreased again in 2022. Nevertheless, China remains a significant supplier of apparel to the UAE.

During 2017, exports to the UAE peaked at $3.251 billion before declining to $2.462 billion in 2018 and $2.445 billion in 2019. The pandemic resulted in a significant reduction in trade to $1.639 billion in 2020. However, China managed to revive its apparel trade with the UAE in 2021, with exports reaching pre-COVID levels of $2.810 billion. Unfortunately, trade eased down again in 2022 to $2.627 billion.

The impact of COVID-19 on China's quarterly apparel exports to the UAE was profound, with exports in Q2 2020 falling to just $321.948 million. However, as COVID-19 infections subsided, exports increased to $825.977 million in Q2 2021. Despite this resurgence, quarterly exports dropped to $755.704 million in Q2 2022, $755.049 million in Q3 2022, and $562.340 million in Q4 2022.

Trousers and shorts were the most dominant products in China's apparel exports, accounting for 20.92% of the total exports. Among the top five products, jackets and blazers accounted for 11.79%, jerseys for 9.81%, dresses for 8.57%, and accessories for 7.20% of the total apparel exports.


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