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Textile and Apparel Imports Jump as Shipments from Major Suppliers Soar

Tuesday, September 10, 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 6.69 billion square meter equivalents in July, up 17.0 percent from June and 7.6 percent from July 2018. Textile imports totaled 3.87 billion SME, up 13.1 percent for the month and 6.4 percent from the previous year, while apparel imports of 2.82 billion SME were up 23.7 percent from June and 9.2 percent from a year before.

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Overall Imports. Total year-to-date imports were 40.2 billion SME, up 5.7 percent from the previous year, as textile imports gained 6.0 percent to 24.0 billion SME and apparel imports rose 5.1 percent to 16.2 billion SME.

For the year ending in July imports were 70.7 billion SME, up 6.5 percent from a year earlier, as textile imports increased 7.3 percent to 42.1 billion SME and apparel imports rose 5.3 percent to 28.64 billion SME.

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

                       

 

SME

Monthly change %

Annual change %

$ Value

Monthly change %

Annual change %

China

3.44 billion

+22.4

+7.0

$4.31 billion

+33.0

+3.7

India

505.1 million

+17.4

+8.0

$704.3 million

+19.3

+5.1

Vietnam

493.1 million

+15.8

+6.3

$1.52 billion

+33.3

+18.9

Pakistan

236.8 million

+16.1

+15.9

$274.8 million

+15.9

+6.8

Mexico

230.2 million

+2.2

+4.1

$396.4 million

+2.0

+1.4

Korea

195.0 million

+12.7

+11.7

$86.9 million

+5.7

-3.3

Bangladesh

174.6 million

-13.5

-9.9

$501.6 million

-7.8

-4.0

Indonesia

109.4 million

-15.9

-4.6

$343.9 million

-12.6

-10.0

Cambodia

108.5 million

+11.9

-4.9

$280.6 million

+23.3

+5.2

Honduras

99.3 million

+8.2

+13.3

$269.3 million

+7.0

+20.7

Taiwan

88.9 million

+28.5

+2.4

$66.6 million

+24.5

-3.8

Canada

81.4 million

-8.3

-14.0

$105.9 million

-1.9

-9.9

Turkey

72.7 million

-1.9

+5.1

$149.0 million

+10.0

+9.2

Germany

62.3 million

+16.7

+17.8

$47.2 million

+12.4

+11.2

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