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Textile and Apparel Imports Tumble in March but Shipments from Pakistan Rise

Friday, June 05, 2015
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 4.88 billion square meter equivalents in April, down 10.3 percent from March but up 5.9 percent from April 2014. Textile imports totaled 2.97 billion SME, down 6.0 percent for the month but up 9.2 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 1.91 billion SME fell 15.9 percent from March but rose 1.1 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 19.4 billion SME, up 7.0 percent from the previous year, as textile imports jumped 8.6 percent to 11.2 billion SME and apparel imports gained 4.9 percent to 8.22 billion SME.

Imports of textiles and apparel totaled 60.6 billion SME for the year ending in April, up 5.7 percent from a year earlier. Textile imports were up 7.0 percent to 34.6 billion SME and apparel imports were up 4.1 percent to 26.0 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 (%)


1.98 billion




427.0 million




361.9 million




242.9 million




212.1 million




203.8 million




179.6 million



South Korea

149.7 million




103.4 million




82.0 million



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