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    Clothing, leather sector lost season due to COVID, says industry captain

    January 27, 2021

    Amman, Jan 26 (Petra) –– The apparel and leather products and jewelry retail business has lost the shopping season since the coronavirus pandemic struck last March, forcing extended closures and curfews, according to industry leaders.

    Sector representative at the Jordan Chamber of Commerce Asa'd Qawasmeh said in a press release that clothing and leather businesses incurred heavy financial losses as a result of a decline in purchasing power, the accumulation of goods, slack sales, operating costs, wages and other overheads.

    The Kingdom's imports of clothes and footwear were down 18 per cent last year, about JD195 million, compared to JD232 million dinars during the previous season of 2019, said Qawasmeh.

    He ruled out any immediate impact on the sector by an expected return soon to in-class learning when demand on school uniforms, shoes and satchels is particularly at a peak.

    He pointed out that the suspension of in-school education since the start of the first semester of the academic year hit hard the sector's sales, as stores and markets across the country stacked uniforms, footwear, bags and other necessities.

    Qawasmeh also said the sector's stores and outlets continue to adhere to COVID-19 public safety and health precautions, mainly physical distancing, wearing masks, sterilization and leaving distances between shoppers and workers.

    He appealed that the garment and leather sector be granted incentives, including tax cuts, customs duties and sales tax, and agreement with landlords on rentals for the period when stores remained closed during the lockdowns.

    The bulk of Jordan's clothing, footwear and garment imports are from Turkey and China, along with some Arab, European and Asian countries. The sector, which employs 56,000 workers, the majority of whom are Jordanians, runs 11,000 establishments across the Kingdom.


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