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Textile and Apparel Imports Down Again but Shipments from Cambodia Continue to Rise

Friday, November 08, 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 6.27 billion square meter equivalents in September, down 5.6 percent from August but up 1.1 percent from September 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.68 billion SME, down 4.7 percent for the month but up 5.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.59 billion SME were down 6.8 percent from August and 4.3 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 53.1 billion SME, up 4.9 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 5.9 percent to 31.5 billion SME and apparel imports rose 3.5 percent to 21.6 billion SME.

For the year ending in September imports were 71.0 billion SME, up 6.0 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 7.1 percent to 42.4 billion SME and apparel imports rose 4.5 percent to 28.6 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.20 billion

-8.3

-4.3

$3.57 billion

-14.8

-17.0

India

501.1 million

-1.0

+6.0

$638.6 million

-2.6

+5.0

Vietnam

459.1 million

+0.7

+8.8

$1.36 billion

n/a

+17.2

Pakistan

217.9 million

-7.3

+17.7

$250.8 million

-12.5

+16.9

Mexico

205.6 million

-7.3

-0.1

n/a

n/a

n/a

Bangladesh

173.3 million

-8.0

-9.7

$496.9 million

-6.1

-3.5

Korea

163.7 million

-13.0

+2.2

$82.6 million

-4.9

+7.5

Cambodia

152.7 million

+12.1

+37.4

$333.9 million

+5.8

+37.9

Indonesia

130.8 million

+2.5

+8.6

$420.8 million

-2.4

+9.6

Turkey

89.4 million

+5.7

+37.5

$147.3 million

-8.3

+15.6

Taiwan

87.4 million

n/a

+5.3

$64.4 million

n/a

+1.0

Canada

84.7 million

+11.2

-3.1

$131.9 million

+21.1

+11.0

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