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Textile and Apparel Imports Bounce Back in April as Shipments from Southeast Asia Surge

Monday, June 11, 2018
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 4.99 billion square meter equivalents in April, up 6.6 percent from March and 1.1 percent from April 2017. Textile imports totaled 3.01 billion SME, up 6.4 percent for the month and 1.4 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.99 billion SME were up 7.6 percent from April and 0.7 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 20.6 billion SME, up 5.0 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 7.7 percent to 12.0 billion SME and apparel imports rose 1.5 percent to 8.5 billion SME.

For the year ending in April imports were 65.8 billion SME, up 4.0 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 6.7 percent to 38.6 billion SME and apparel imports rose 0.5 percent to 27.2 billion SME.

Source Countries. OTEXA has reported the following statistics on textile and apparel imports from major source countries for April 2018.

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

2.00 billion

+10.5

-10.9

$2.30 billion

+5.5

-12.0

India

462.0 million

-2.8

+16.3

$707.3 million

+4.5

+13.2

Vietnam

437.7 million

+26.6

+7.7

$978.2 million

+17.2

+6.0

Bangladesh

221.3 million

+9.9

+20.0

$460.9 million

+4.9

+16.8

Mexico

219.2 million

-1.0

+8.2

$375.7 million

+1.2

+8.0

Pakistan

217.7 million

-0.5

+23.2

$237.0 million

+5.0

+24.5

Korea

163.6 million

+3.5

+20.7

$75.5 million

-1.0

+6.8

Indonesia

150.3 million

+12.3

+6.8

$426.5 million

+19.3

+11.3

Canada

101.9 million

-3.0

+14.7

$118.4 million

+2.0

+25.0

Cambodia

91.1 million

+8.8

+18.3

$218.3 million

-14.0

+27.8

Turkey

77.1 million

-14.5

+6.6

$154.9 million

-1.5

+17.7

Honduras

75.7 million

-12.0

-12.0

$181.9 million

-12.2

-3.5

Taiwan

69.9 million

+26.2

-2.8

$49.2 million

+14.7

-1.9

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