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Textile and Apparel Imports Rise as Shipments from India, Vietnam Surge

Monday, October 13, 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 5.49 billion square meter equivalents in August, up 1.3 percent from July and 2.0 percent from August 2013. Textile imports totaled 2.98 billion SME, up 0.7 percent for the month and 0.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.52 billion SME rose 2.4 percent from July and 3.3 percent from a year earlier.

Imports of textiles and apparel totaled 38.9 billion SME for year-to-date August, up 3.6 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports rose 4.8 percent to 22.0 billion SME and apparel imports gained 2.1 percent to 16.9 billion SME.

For the 12-month period ending in August 2014, total imports of 57.9 billion SME were up 4.4 percent from the same period a year earlier and included 32.7 billion SME in textile imports (up 6.1 percent) and 25.2 billion SME in apparel imports (up 2.4 percent).

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

Country/Region

August imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)

China

2.85 billion

+4.5

+2.0

India

367.6 million

+2.9

+11.6

Vietnam

346.9 million

+5.8

+12.0

Pakistan

207.7 million

-7.0

-9.9

Mexico

221.1 million

-0.9

-2.7

Bangladesh

174.3 million

-2.7

-2.6

Indonesia

132.7 million

-9.8

-8.7

South Korea

122.4 million

+3.7

+9.8

Honduras

95.9 million

-8.9

+4.5

Cambodia

90.2 million

+9.6

-8.9

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