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Textile and Apparel Imports Fall 6.6% in July

Friday, November 11, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reported Nov. 10 that U.S. textile and apparel imports fell 5.4% in September compared to a year earlier. Imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blends and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 4.887 billion square meter equivalents. Textile imports dropped 3.2% to 2.56 billion SME while apparel imports fell 7.6% to 2.31 billion SME.

For the year to date, textile and apparel imports have declined 1.5% from a year before, to 41.0 billion SME. Textile imports have fallen 2.7% to 22.6 billion SME while apparel imports are up 0.1% to 18.4 billion SME. For the 12-month period ending in September, total imports rose 2.2% to 54.8 billion SME as textile imports gained 0.8% to 30.1 billion SME and apparel imports rose 3.8% to 24.8 billion SME.

With respect to specific sources, imports of textile and apparel products (except cotton and silk blend textiles) saw a year-on-year increase in September from Vietnam (4.8% to 264.5 million SME), Korea (11.2% to 112.1 million SME) and Turkey (17.5% to 50.8 million SME) but fell from China (5.6% to 2.5 billion SME), Taiwan (9.3% to 65.8 million SME), Hong Kong (11.1% to 5.7 million SME), Canada (7.5% to 105.9 million SME), Mexico (8.1% to 215.7 million SME) and Israel (10.9% to 24.6 million SME). Imports also fell from the following regions: DR-CAFTA (11.8% to 257.4 million SME), Caribbean Basin Initiative (11.1% to 285.4 million SME), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (3.1% to 622.7 million SME), South Asia (1.9% to 635.1 million SME) and European Union-15 (10.3% to 86.4 million SME).

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