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Textile and Apparel Imports Rebound as Shipments from China Soar

Wednesday, June 08, 2016
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 4.68 billion square meter equivalents in April, up 10.6 percent from March but down 4.2 percent from April 2015. Textile imports totaled 2.79 billion SME, up 14.4 percent from March but down 5.9 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.88 billion SME were up 5.0 percent from March but down 1.6 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 19.2 billion SME, down 1.3 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 2.4 percent to 11.0 billion SME and apparel imports rose 0.1 percent to 8.23 SME.

For the year ending in April, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 63.3 billion SME, up 4.3 percent from the same period a year earlier, as textile imports increased 4.1 percent to 36.0 billion SME and apparel imports gained 4.6 percent to 27.2 billion SME.

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


April imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)


1.96 billion




402.8 million




339.4 million




215.9 million




198.0 million




187.0 million




146.5 million



South Korea

124.3 million




94.7 million




72.6 million



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