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Textile and Apparel Imports Climb; Shipments from China, Honduras See Largest Gains

Monday, August 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 5.54 billion square meter equivalents in June, up 4.7 percent from May but down 1.1 percent from June 2015. Textile imports totaled 3.23 billion SME, unchanged from May but down 0.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.30 billion SME were up 11.7 percent from May but down 1.3 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 30.0 billion SME, down 1.3 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 2.3 percent to 17.4 billion SME but apparel imports rose 0.1 percent to 12.6 billion SME.

For the year ending in June, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 63.1 billion SME, up 2.2 percent from the same period a year earlier, as textile imports increased 1.3 percent to 35.9 billion SME and apparel imports gained 3.5 percent to 27.2 billion SME.

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

Country

June imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)

China

2.70 billion

+9.8

-3.3

India

391.0 million

-4.1

+3.1

Vietnam

382.5 million

+1.4

-0.3

Pakistan

234.0 million

+6.6

-0.2

Mexico

214.0 million

+2.2

+4.6

Bangladesh

195.9 million

+4.2

+2.3

Indonesia

137.2 million

-6.2

-11.0

South Korea

134.9 million

-8.9

+3.3

Honduras

104.1 million

+11.0

+1.6

Canada

97.4 million

+3.0

-6.0

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