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Wool imports post growth in 2009
Feb '10
According to customs statistics, China imported 326,500 tons of wool in 2009, an increase of 7.1 percent over 2008. Australia ranked first place, in Chinese wool imports. China imported 181,600 tons of Australian wool in 2009, an increase of about 3.8 percent year on year.

China's imports of New Zealand wool were 45,000 tons, an increase of 11.99 percent. Imports of Uruguayan wool stood at 25,000 tons, an increase of about 16.7 percent. From South Africa it reached nearly 17,000 tons, an increase of 58.24 percent and from United Kingdom it touched 8,185 tons, an increase of 63.2 percent.

In 2009, China imported 261,600 tons of raw wool, an increase of 11.7 percent year on year, 39,100 tons of clean wool, down 5 percent year on year, 18,600 tons of wool tops, down 3.8 percent year on year and 4,638 tons of carbonized wool, down 7.7 percent year on year.

In 2009, China's wool consumption was close to one third of world wool production, reflecting a strong position of Chinese wool textile industry in the international market.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - China

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