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Textile and Apparel Imports See Monthly, Annual Decreases

Wednesday, January 08, 2020
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 5.31 billion square meter equivalents in November, down 15.2 percent from October and 4.7 percent from November 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.48 billion SME, down 9.8 percent for the month and 2.0 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.83 billion SME were down 23.8 percent from October and 9.4 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 64.7 billion SME, up 2.6 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 4.2 percent to 38.8 billion SME and apparel imports rose 0.3 percent to 25.8 billion SME.

For the year ending in November imports were 70.2 billion SME, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 4.8 percent to 42.3 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.0 percent to 27.91 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.52 billion

-17.1

-12.0

$2.28 billion

-25.0

-27.0

India

514.5 million

-2.2

+6.1

$598.1 million

-11.5

+1.6

Vietnam

366.4 million

-24.0

+10.9

$943.2 million

-30.6

+5.2

Pakistan

244.9 million

+3.2

+10.4

$233.9 million

-11.6

-4.2

Mexico

194.9 million

-13.5

-8.0

$332.4 million

-14.7

-11.0

Korea

161.6 million

-7.1

+1.7

$75.4 million

-9.0

-2.8

Bangladesh

155.9 million

-14.0

+6.3

$430.6 million

-20.0

+11.6

Indonesia

100.6 million

-29.0

-9.0

$304.4 million

-32.3

-10.0

Cambodia

99.6 million

-23.3

+32.2

$228.9 million

-24.2

+28.9

Honduras

88.9 million

n/a

-0.9

$237.8 million

n/a

+2.3

Turkey

87.3 million

-10.0

+33.3

$170.3 million

-7.5

+18.0

Canada

76.2 million

-1.6

-9.8

$106.7 million

-7.3

-1.0

Taiwan

58.4 million

-24.6

-26.0

$44.1 million

-21.4

-9.8

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