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Textile and Apparel Imports Slip Again in March as China Shipments Tumble

Wednesday, May 21, 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 4.17 billion square meter equivalents in March, down 4.4% from February but up 9.8% from March 2013. Textile imports totaled 2.34 billion SME, down 1.7% for the month but up 11.2% from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.83 billion SME were down 7.6% from February but up 8.0% from a year earlier.

Imports of textiles and apparel totaled 13.6 billion SME for year-to-date March, up 4.76% from a year earlier. Textile imports rose 6.9% to 7.62 billion SME and apparel imports gained 2.0% to 5.95 billion SME.

For the 12-month period ending in March 2014, total imports of 57.1 billion SME increased 4.5% from the same period a year earlier and included 32.2 billion SME in textile imports (up 5.3%) and 25.0 billion SME in apparel imports (up 3.6%).

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

Country/Region

March imports

Monthly change

Year-on-year change

China

1.49 billion SME

-24.0%

+18.1%

Vietnam

308.7 million SME

-6.5%

+15.2%

Taiwan

67.7 million SME

+15.7%

+40.8%

Hong Kong

4.9 million SME

+6.5%

+3.0%

South Korea

115.0 million SME

+25.7%

+5.4%

Canada

85.8 million SME

+11.8%

-6.7%

Mexico

203.5 million SME

+8.0%

+3.8%

CAFTA-DR

264.4 million SME

+3.6%

-1.0%

CBI

23.7 million SME

-15.1%

-11.8%

ASEAN

705.7 million SME

+9.6%

+11.7%

South Asia

800.1 million SME

+10.9%

+3.6%

Turkey

47.4 million SME

+3.7%

-7.7%

Israel

44.7 million SME

-7.1%

+29.9%

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