China imported and exported textiles and garments worth $5.3 billion in the first month of this year, up nearly 30 per cent on the year-ago period.

According to the latest trade figures, China exported textiles worth $1.3bn, up 30 per cent year-on-year, in January and during the same month exported garments valued at $2.9bn, up 27 per cent year on year.

During the same month, it imported $891 million of textiles, up 26 per cent on 2001, and $95m of garments, up almost 60 per cent year on year.

The key export destinations in January were Japan, Hong Kong, the EU, the US and South Korea, while China imported most of its textiles and garments from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.