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Textile and Apparel Imports Rebound in January; Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia See Surges

Wednesday, March 09, 2016
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 5.05 billion square meter equivalents in January, up 7.4 percent from December and 6.3 percent from January 2015. Textile imports totaled 2.87 billion SME, 7.1 percent higher than January and 6.1 percent higher than the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.18 billion SME were up 7.9 percent from December and 6.5 percent from a year earlier.

For the year ending in January, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 63.8 billion SME, up 8.0 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports rose 8.8 percent to 36.5 billion SME and apparel imports increased 7.0 percent to 27.3 billion SME.

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

Country

Jan. imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)

China

2.46 billion

+6.5

+9.8

India

373.3 million

+1.8

+0.1

Vietnam

361.6 million

+4.6

+6.4

Pakistan

207.7 million

+6.2

-1.3

Bangladesh

199.1 million

+53.9

+16.5

Mexico

169.9 million

-7.2

-7.9

Indonesia

151.5 million

+18.6

+3.9

South Korea

118.7 million

+3.9

+5.3

Canada

84.1 million

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+7.3

Cambodia

77.0 million

+11.6

-6.2

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