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

Monday, November 10, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reported Nov. 4 that monthly imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blend and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 5.57 billion square meter equivalents in September, up 1.5 percent from August and 9.6 percent from September 2013. Textile imports totaled 3.01 billion SME, up 1.0 percent for the month and 9.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.56 billion SME rose 1.6 percent from August and 9.7 percent from a year earlier.

Imports of textiles and apparel totaled 44.5 billion SME for year-to-date September, up 4.3 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports rose 5.3 percent to 25.0 billion SME and apparel imports gained 3.1 percent to 19.4 billion SME.

For the 12-month period ending in September 2014, total imports of 58.4 billion SME were up 4.8 percent from the same period a year earlier and included 33.0 billion SME in textile imports (up 6.1 percent) and 25.4 billion SME in apparel imports (up 3.2 percent).

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

Country/Region

September imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)

China

3.0 billion

+5.2

+11.1

India

349.2 million

-5.0

+10.2

Vietnam

372.0 million

+6.7

+29.2

Pakistan

174.1 million

-16.2

-4.1

Mexico

215.8 million

-2.4

+9.7

Bangladesh

123.7 million

-29.0

-11.0

Indonesia

123.6 million

-6.9

+17.5

South Korea

110.5 million

-9.8

-2.5

Honduras

109.4 million

+14.1

+10.2

Cambodia

117.7 million

+30.5

+0.1

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