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Textile and Apparel Imports Up Sharply in January, Including Big Gains from Israel and Taiwan

Tuesday, March 18, 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 5.04 billion square meter equivalents in January, up 18% from December and 9.3% compared to January 2013. Textile imports totaled 2.90 billion SME, up 18.9% for the month and 14.0% from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.14 billion SME were up 16.9% from December and 3.4% from a year earlier.

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

Country/Region

January imports

Monthly change

Year-on-year change

China

2.48 billion SME

+19.8%

+14.2%

Vietnam

337.8 million SME

+17.9%

+7.1%

Taiwan

79.9 million SME

+30.6%

+15.3%

Hong Kong

7.1 million SME

No change

-5.8%

Korea

120.4 million SME

+16.6%

+7.3%

Canada

80.1 million SME

+6.8%

-17.3%

Mexico

187.3 million SME

+9.2%

+1.5%

CAFTA-DR

176.9 million SME

-28.9%

+4.1%

CBI

16.3 million SME

-30.3%

-9.1%

ASEAN

691.2 million SME

+22.6%

+1.0%

South Asia

816.3 million SME

+34.4%

+12.1%

Turkey

59.0 million SME

+26.3%

+19.6%

Israel

54.5 million SME

+60.3%

+35.7%

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