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Textile and Apparel Imports Jump in April on Rise in Shipments from China

Thursday, July 16, 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 5.35 billion square meter equivalents in May, up 9.6 percent from April and 11.7 percent from May 2014. Textile imports totaled 3.33 billion SME, up 12.1 percent for the month and 14.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.02 billion SME were up 5.8 percent from April and 6.8 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 24.8 billion SME, up 8.0 percent from the previous year, as textile imports jumped 10.0 percent to 14.5 billion SME and apparel imports gained 5.2 percent to 10.2 billion SME.

Imports of textiles and apparel totaled 61.2 billion SME for the year ending in May, up 6.7 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports were up 8.1 percent to 35.0 billion SME and apparel imports were up 4.9 percent to 26.2 billion SME.

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


May imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)


2.61 billion




388.4 million




355.3 million




215.8 million




196.3 million




181.1 million




143.5 million



South Korea

134.4 million




93.4 million




75.9 million



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