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Textile and Apparel Imports Surge on Shipments from China, Vietnam, Mexico

Friday, October 07, 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 6.07 billion square meter equivalents in August, up 6.7 percent from July but down 2.5 percent from August 2015. Textile imports totaled 3.34 billion SME, up 5.7 percent from July but down 1.0 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.73 billion SME were up 7.5 percent from July but down 4.3 percent from a year earlier.

Total year-to-date imports were 41.8 billion SME, down 2.0 percent from the previous year, as textile imports fell 2.6 percent to 23.9 billion SME and apparel imports lost 1.1 percent to 17.9 billion SME.

For the year ending in August, imports of textiles and apparel totaled 62.7 billion SME, down 0.6 percent from the same period a year earlier, as textile imports dropped 1.6 percent to 35.7 billion SME and apparel imports lost 0.7 percent to 27.0 billion SME.

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


Aug. imports (SME)

Monthly change (%)

Year-on-year change (%)


3.18 billion




447.5 million




426.0 million




225.7 million




192.8 million




178.8 million




138.4 million



South Korea

132.7 million




95.3 million




87.6 million



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