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Textile and Apparel Imports Slip Amid Surge in Shipments from Cambodia, Indonesia, Turkey

Monday, October 14, 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 6.64 billion square meter equivalents in August, down 0.7 percent from July but up 4.0 percent from August 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.86 billion SME, down 0.3 percent for the month but up 5.4 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.78 billion SME were down 1.4 percent from July but up 2.1 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 46.8 billion SME, up 5.4 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 6.0 percent to 27.8 billion SME and apparel imports rose 4.7 percent to 19.0 billion SME.

For the year ending in August imports were 71.0 billion SME, up 6.4 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 7.1 percent to 42.3 billion SME and apparel imports rose 5.4 percent to 28.7 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.49 billion

+1.5

+5.8

$4.19 billion

-2.8

-1.5

India

506.2 million

+0.2

+2.9

$655.8 million

-6.9

-2.4

Vietnam

456.0 million

-7.5

+0.1

n/a

n/a

n/a

Pakistan

235.0 million

-0.1

-1.9

$263.3 million

-4.2

+0.9

Mexico

221.9 million

-3.6

-5.1

$397.5 million

+0.3

-5.8

Bangladesh

188.4 million

+7.9

+4.9

$528.7 million

+5.4

+13.7

Korea

188.1 million

-3.5

+22.6

$86.9 million

0

+12.4

Cambodia

136.2 million

+25.5

+36.0

$315.6 million

+12.5

+31.8

Indonesia

127.6 million

+16.6

-4.9

$431.2 million

+25.4

-2.4

Honduras

88.8 million

-10.6

-0.8

$254.2 million

-15.1

+4.0

Turkey

84.6 million

+16.4

+1.4

$160.7 million

+7.9

+2.4

Canada

76.2 million

-6.4

-9.0

$108.9 million

+2.8

-5.0

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