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Textile and Apparel Imports Jump in April as Major Suppliers See Gains

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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 5.25 billion square meter equivalents in April, up 9.6 percent from March and 5.7 percent from April 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.21 billion SME, up 12.2 percent for the month and 7.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.04 billion SME were up 5.2 percent from March and 3.4 percent from a year before.

Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 21.7 billion SME, up 5.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 6.9 percent to 12.8 billion SME and apparel imports rose 4.3 percent to 8.85 billion SME.

For the year ending in April imports were 69.8 billion SME, up 6.2 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 7.9 percent to 41.6 billion SME and apparel imports rose 3.9 percent to 28.2 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for April 2019.

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.15 billion

+40.5

+7.9

$2.36 billion

+29.7

+3.4

India

524.7 million

-8.2

+15.5

$723.1 million

-4.2

+5.5

Vietnam

423.2 million

+10.4

-3.0

$1.08 billion

+8.8

+10.9

Pakistan

224.9 million

-7.7

+4.4

$245.2 million

-4.7

+4.6

Mexico

220.6 million

-4.0

+1.3

$374.8 million

-2.6

+0.6

Bangladesh

205.2 million

-11.5

-6.8

$486.0 million

-12.2

+5.8

Korea

173.6 million

-9.6

+6.1

$79.3 million

-7.5

+8.2

Indonesia

139.1 million

-5.1

-6.6

$397.3 million

-6.9

-5.9

Cambodia

95.1 million

-11.9

+5.7

$222.4 million

-2.4

+2.1

Honduras

87.1 million

-3.8

+15.8

$226.5 million

-6.3

+26.1

Taiwan

78.0 million

+16.4

+8.4

$47.5 million

+4.4

-3.4

Canada

76.6 million

-1.4

-25.0

$88.8 million

-15.8

-25.0

Turkey

74.4 million

-22.2

-3.2

$147.1 million

-6.1

-4.4

Germany

60.5 million

+13.3

+20.4

$46.1 million

+17.0

+20.4

             

For more information on trade-related issues affecting textiles and apparel, please contact trade attorney Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403.

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