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Textile and Apparel Imports Climb Again, Led by Shipments from China and Indonesia

Thursday, September 08, 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 5.69 billion square meter equivalents in July, up 2.7 percent from June but down 5.0 percent from July 2015. Textile imports totaled 3.16 billion SME, down 2.2 percent from June and 6.1 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.54 billion SME were up 10.4 percent from June but down 3.5 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 35.7 billion SME, down 1.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 2.9 percent to 20.6 billion SME and apparel imports lost 0.5 percent to 15.1 billion SME.

For the year ending in July, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 62.8 billion SME, up 0.8 percent from the same period a year earlier, as textile imports slipped 0.4 percent to 35.7 billion SME but apparel imports gained 2.4 percent to 27.1 billion SME.

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


July imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)


2.92 billion




395.5 million




375.1 million




204.5 million




198.4 million




187.6 million




162.9 million



South Korea

138.6 million




101.6 million




88.9 million



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