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Textile and Apparel Imports Rise as Shipments from China, Cambodia Surge

Friday, October 09, 2015
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 6.22 billion square meter equivalents in August, up 3.8 percent from July and 13.3 percent from August 2014. Textile imports totaled 3.37 billion SME, virtually unchanged from July but up 13.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.85 billion SME were up 8.4 percent from July and 13.5 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 42.6 billion SME, up 9.5 percent from the previous year, as textile imports jumped 11.4 percent to 24.5 billion SME and apparel imports gained 7.0 percent to 18.1 billion SME.

For the year ending in August, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 63.1 billion SME, up 9.0 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports were up 10.9 percent to 36.2 billion SME and apparel imports were up 6.5 percent to 26.8 billion SME.

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

Country

August imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)

China

3.44 billion

+12.8

+20.6

Vietnam

404.3 million

+7.3

+16.5

India

361.5 million

+1.1

-1.6

Pakistan

198.8 million

-16.3

-4.3

Mexico

197.7 million

-10.5

-10.6

Bangladesh

194.4 million

-1.0

+11.5

Indonesia

129.8 million

-17.7

-2.2

South Korea

122.4 million

-6.6

-0.8

Cambodia

120.5 million

+29.7

+33.6

Honduras

102.4 million

-7.7

+6.7

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