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Clothing industry tops national exports in 2006

Feb '07
According to data revealed by the Department of Statistics (DoS), export of clothing increased by 18 percent in 2006 as compared to a 5.1 percent growth in 2005.

The clothing represented 30.3 percent of total exports at JD879 million in 2006 which is a little up from the 29 percent share at JD744.8 million in 2005.

In 2002, the total export percentage stood at 23.5 percent, export of clothing has accounted for 29-30 percent. 2004 registered the highest share of total exports with 30.7 percent registered in 2004 with 48 percent rise to JD708.6 million from JD478.7 million in 2003.

Last year Jordanian products are mainly exported to the US with JD905 million worth of goods or 31.2 percent of the JD2,903 million in total national exports. Clothing was the major exported item, amounting to JD822 million or 90.8 percent of Jordanian exports to the USA.

The value of national exports was 12.9 percent higher than the JD2,570 million posted in 2005.

Iraq was in second place although exports to Baghdad were lower by JD53 million to JD327 million from JD380 million in 2005.

Total exports to US, Iraq, India and Saudi Arabia, together constituted 60.7 percent of the total national exports in the year 2006.

The total exports to the Greater Arab Trade Zone, which covers the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia and theUnited Arab Emirates constituted 40.5 percent.

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