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Textile and Apparel Imports Decline in September Despite Gains from Caribbean, Israel

Monday, November 25, 2013
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 5.08 billion square meter equivalents in September, down 5.8% from August but up 5.6% compared to September 2012. Textile imports totaled 2.75 billion SME, down 6.8% for the month but up 8.9% from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.34 billion SME were down 4.8% from August but up 2.0% from a year earlier.

For the year-to-date as of September 2013 total imports of textiles and apparel were 42.6 billion SME, a 4.0% increase from the same period in 2012, as textile imports climbed 3.0% to 23.8 billion SME and apparel imports were up 5.3% to 18.9 billion SME. For the 12-month period ending in September total imports were 3.8% higher at 55.7 billion SME as textile imports rose 2.5% to 31.0 billion SME and apparel imports moved ahead 5.6% to 24.6 billion SME.

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

Monthly change

Year-on-year change

China

2.7 billion SME

-3.5%

+7.7%

Vietnam

288 million SME

-7.0%

+13.3%

Taiwan

79.7 million SME

-5.3%

+3.5%

Hong Kong

8.0 million SME

-10.1%

+31.5%

Korea

113.3 million SME

+1.7%

+12.0%

Canada

88.6 million SME

+1.6%

-6.2%

Mexico

196.7 million SME

-13.4%

+5.9%

CAFTA-DR

261.1 million SME

+0.3%

-1.9%

CBI

29.6 million SME

+15.6%

+16.1%

ASEAN

606.7 million SME

-6.6%

+4.1%

South Asia

668.4 million SME

-13.6%

+5.5%

Turkey

49.5 million SME

-25.1%

-0.6%

Israel

38.4 million SME

+37.6%

-5.6%

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