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Textile and Apparel Imports Fall in December but Up for 2013

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reports that monthly imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blend and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 4.27 billion square meter equivalents in December, down 4.0% from November but up 5.6% compared to December 2012. Textile imports totaled 2.44 billion SME, down 6.2% for the month but up 8.2% from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.83 billion SME were down 1.1% from November but up 2.3% from a year earlier.

For the year 2013 total imports of textiles and apparel were 56.5 billion SME, a 4.6% increase from 2012, as textile imports climbed 4.4% to 31.7 billion SME and apparel imports were up 4.9% to 24.8 billion SME.

With respect to specific sources, imports of textile and apparel products (except cotton and silk blend textiles) saw the following changes in December.

Country/Region

December imports

Monthly change

Year-on-year change

China

2.07 billion SME

-6.3%

+9.7%

Vietnam

286.5 million SME

+1.3%

+4.7%

Taiwan

61.2 million SME

-1.6%

-6.1%

Hong Kong

7.1 million SME

+12.7%

42.8%

Korea

103.3 million SME

-0.09%

6.8%

Canada

75.0 million SME

-11.8%

+3.2%

Mexico

171.5 million SME

-10.0%

+9.2%

CAFTA-DR

248.9 million SME

+7.1%

+0.5%

CBI

23.4 million SME

-0.8%

-0.5%

ASEAN

564.0 million SME

+0.5%

-4.3%

South Asia

607.4 million SME

-7.3%

+11.1%

Turkey

46.7 million SME

+4.2%

+21.7%

Israel

34.0 million SME

-6.5%

-18.7%

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