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Textile and Apparel Imports Fall but Shipments from Pakistan, India Surge

Friday, November 06, 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 5.83 billion square meter equivalents in September, down 6.3 percent from August but up 4.7 percent from September 2014. Textile imports totaled 3.14  billion SME, down 6.8 percent from August but up 4.5 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.69 billion SME were down 5.6 percent from August but up 4.8 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 48.4 billion SME, up 8.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports jumped 10.6 percent to 27.7 billion SME and apparel imports gained 6.8 percent to 20.7 billion SME.

For the year ending in September, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 63.3 billion SME, up 8.5 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports were up 10.4 percent to 36.4 billion SME and apparel imports were up 6.1 percent to 27.0 billion SME.

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

Country

Sept. imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)

China

3.1 billion

-9.9

+3.5

Vietnam

387.8 million

-4.1

+4.2

India

386.7 million

+7.0

+10.7

Pakistan

220.4 million

+10.9

+26.6

Mexico

191.5 million

-3.1

-11.3

Bangladesh

170.4 million

-12.3

+37.8

Indonesia

137.6 million

+6.0

+11.3

Cambodia

119.4 million

-0.9

+1.4

South Korea

114.7 million

-6.3

+3.8

Honduras

103.0 million

+0.6

-5.8

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