Textile Imports Down, Apparel Imports Up in June
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 4.7 billion square meter equivalents in June, down 0.6% from a year earlier. Textile imports totaled 2.73 billion SME, down 2.0%, while apparel imports of 2.0 billion SME were 1.2% higher.
For the year-to-date as of June 2013 total imports of textiles and apparel were 26.9 billion SME, a 3.0% rise from the same period in 2012, as textile imports climbed 0.9% to 15.2 billion SME and apparel imports were up 5.8% to 11.6 billion SME. For the 12-month period ending in June total imports were 2.3% higher at 54.8 billion SME as textile imports rose 1.0% to 30.5 billion SME and apparel imports moved ahead 4.0% to 24.3 billion SME.
With respect to specific sources, imports of textile and apparel products (except cotton and silk blend textiles) saw year-on-year increases in June from China (0.4% to 2.33 billion SME), Vietnam (13.1% to 309.9 million SME), Taiwan (12.1% to 70.6 million SME), Caribbean Basin Initiative partners (11.2% to 26.3 million SME), Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries (4.8% to 608.5 million SME), and South Asia (0.9% to 693.0 million SME). Imports declined from Hong Kong (17.3% to 5.4 million SME), Korea (1.7% to 117.0 million SME), Canada (15.8% to 82.8 million SME), Mexico (6.2% to 199.1 million SME), the DR-CAFTA region (5.4% to 260.4 million SME), Turkey (20.9% to 44.3 million SME) and Israel (26.1% to 31.0 million SME).